4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Resident Accusing SDG&E Of Depleting Water Levels

Just days after a state energy commission halted helicopter use on SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink, complaints about the project continue to flood in. Now, some residents are accusing the utility company of "assaulting" the city's water reservoirs.

During a meeting of the Natural Resources and Culture Committee, longtime resident and member of the Navajo Community Planners, John Pilch, claimed that SDG&E water trucks can be seen at fire hydrants along Lake Murray Boulevard daily. The trucks, said Pilch, damage roads and create an overall nuisance for residents.

"I'm here to bring attention to the assault on our community by the water trucks hired by SDG&E. The trucks are hauling 300,000 [gallons of] drinking water to the Sunrise Powerlink in East County," Pilch told committee members.

Pilch said the number of trucks in the San Carlos neighborhood have doubled since last March.

"We have anywhere from five to twelve big tankers parked on Lake Murray Boulevard waiting to fill up."

In an email, SDG&E spokesperson April Bolduc confirms that the utility company gets water from both the city and from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, but she says the water usage has been approved by the state energy commission.

"SDG&E uses that amount of water daily for dust mitigation, soil compaction, and other construction-related activities that are required for the project," said Bolduc. "The majority of customer complaints we saw were from local residents not wanting us to use nearby well water, which is why we do not use well water."

After hearing the complaints from Pilch, committee members asked the Mayor's office to look into SDG&E's water use.

Image

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Tsai Ming-liang bathes Days in pink moments

There’s nothing left inside him to justify an enthusiastic awakening.
Next Article

Tsai Ming-liang bathes Days in pink moments

There’s nothing left inside him to justify an enthusiastic awakening.

Just days after a state energy commission halted helicopter use on SDG&E's Sunrise Powerlink, complaints about the project continue to flood in. Now, some residents are accusing the utility company of "assaulting" the city's water reservoirs.

During a meeting of the Natural Resources and Culture Committee, longtime resident and member of the Navajo Community Planners, John Pilch, claimed that SDG&E water trucks can be seen at fire hydrants along Lake Murray Boulevard daily. The trucks, said Pilch, damage roads and create an overall nuisance for residents.

"I'm here to bring attention to the assault on our community by the water trucks hired by SDG&E. The trucks are hauling 300,000 [gallons of] drinking water to the Sunrise Powerlink in East County," Pilch told committee members.

Pilch said the number of trucks in the San Carlos neighborhood have doubled since last March.

"We have anywhere from five to twelve big tankers parked on Lake Murray Boulevard waiting to fill up."

In an email, SDG&E spokesperson April Bolduc confirms that the utility company gets water from both the city and from the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, but she says the water usage has been approved by the state energy commission.

"SDG&E uses that amount of water daily for dust mitigation, soil compaction, and other construction-related activities that are required for the project," said Bolduc. "The majority of customer complaints we saw were from local residents not wanting us to use nearby well water, which is why we do not use well water."

After hearing the complaints from Pilch, committee members asked the Mayor's office to look into SDG&E's water use.

Image

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
4

It's hard to believe that only now are councilmembers going to ask the mayor to look into this.

Mr. Pilch has been trying to get everybody's attention for months via letters and phone calls to the mayor and city councilmembers.

The U-T's Mike Lee first published a story about the situation last May: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/may/25/sdge-project-soaks-up-scarce-tap-water/

More recently I published a followup report when SDG&E expanded water withdrawal operations significantly: http://groksurf.com/2011/09/22/san-diegos-water-supply-vs-the-mayor-and-sdges-sunrise-powerlink-project/

The mayor and councilmembers should be embarrassed for having ignored or shelved Mr. Pilch's alerts to them over these last months.

Sept. 29, 2011

[please disregard this extra comment box, created by mistake]

Sept. 29, 2011

This piece made no mention of SDGE paying for the water. The reservoirs at this time can be replenished from the outside sources. But SDGE should have to pay for the water, and a fair rate would be just as much as a homeowner pays the city water department, not some bulk, discounted rate. I'm sure I'd agree with Mr. Pilch about the nuisance and the wear and tear on streets. SDGE should also be required to pay for that, and pay at a fully-costed rate.

Who cares if the state energy commission approved it? That doesn't constitute any sort of order to the city to give them the water. It is more likely that the state REQUIRED the generous use of water for dust control and other similar mitigating activities. It is up to SDGE to find a willing seller. Or is this just another case of the city rolling over and playing dead when the utility company whistled?

Sept. 29, 2011

According to Eric Symons, Supervising Public Information Officer at the Public Utilities Dept., SDG&E is paying $4.014 per HCF (748.05 gallons) plus a monthly meter charge (the temporary construction and irrigation meters rate).

As for the use of recycled water, SDG&E initially began the permitting process for that in January but to date there are unfinished steps in the process vis-a-vis the Department of Public Health and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

It appears SDG&E chose to use potable water to avoid dealing with the recycled process or as a temporary measure until the recycled permit is obtained. It's not clear if the utility intends to complete the recycled permitting process.

There also remains the question whether SDG&E has or needs a permit for the potable water filling station it constructed behind the shopping center.

Sept. 29, 2011

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close