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Water issue continued


Last updated 8/14/2008 at Noon

More on the Orange Grove Energy power plant located in Rainbow Water’s service area…

Ms. Dakovich and Mr. Zikakis, please go to the Web site You will find, pages 6.5-13 and 6.5-14 of the water resources section, that the Orange Grove Energy, “Expected Use Case for Water is 21.1 AFY <acre/feet/year> for fresh water and 3.9 million gallons/year reclaim water.” This is 6.9 million gallons/year of fresh water and 3.9 million gallons/year of reclaimed water.

Even worse “the maximum design fresh and reclaim water use rates are 62 AFY and 38.7 AFY, respectively” (20.3 million gallons/year and 12.6 million gal/yr respectively). These are the California Energy commission’s figures, not mine, not GM Lewinger’s.

In addition, there has been signed “FPUD Recycled Water Option Agreements” and “(Pending) FPUD Fresh Water Option Agreements.” Do you really believe power plant personnel will drink, shower, wash, launder, cook, et cetera with (contaminated) reclaimed water?

Poseidon/Carlsbad’s desalination plant won approval of the Coastal Commission and needs only approval by the California State Lands Commission (NCT 8/7/08). Several mayors of San Diego’s leading cities strongly approved this desalination plant. Contracts have been signed for delivery of this desalinated water by the city of Oceanside, the water districts of Valley Center, Rainbow, Vallecitos, and others but not FPUD. Why is FPUD selling our potable water to a corporation located outside our service area and not signing up to purchase Poseidon’s desalinated potable water?

Patricia Walker


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