Escondido Growers for Agricultural Preservation were pleased when the Escondido City Council unanimously voted in February against increases rates for agricultural water customers.
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The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), at their March 26, 2015 Board meeting, extended the current Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate (TSAWR) through December 31, 2020. According to the Board’s action, if the TSAWR is uncontested in 2020 it will automatically be continued. “This decision is a culmination of ongoing efforts by the Commission and San Diego County Farm Bureau to advocate the benefits of maintaining the TSAWR to the County Water Authority,” said Charley Wolk, Commission Water Committee Chair. Two SDCWA Board members, Gary Arant, Valley Center Water District General Manager, and Bryan Brady, Fallbrook Public Utilities District General Manager, also played a critical role in the successful outcome through their resolute support of the program.Continue Reading
The County Water Authority goes to trial today in the second phase of a lawsuit against its giant water wholesaler, the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District. It’s dry stuff, highly technical. But it could be worth many millions for water agencies here. As important, it could result in major new water supplies for San Diego County.Continue Reading