Foothill Municipal Water District will absorb 75 percent of Metropolitan Water District’s rate hike

In a press release dated July 1, the Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) announced it will absorb 75 percent of the coming year’s water supply costs from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). The decision is reflected in the FMWD budget for fiscal year 2010-11, adopted by the board of directors on June 25.

FMWD provides imported water to San Gabriel Foothills communities Crescenta Valley Water District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land & Water Association. Yes, readers, you are showering and watering your lawns with imported water.

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Government seeks public input on Salton Sea work

The public can weigh in at special meetings Wednesday on what state and federal regulators should consider as they go through the environmental impact study process on Salton Sea species conservation habitat projects.

Meetings are slated for 1 p.m. at the University of California, Riverside’s Palm Desert campus and at 6:30 p.m. at the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians’ tribal administration building in Thermal.

Kimberly Nicol, environmental program director for the California Department of Fish and Game, said the meetings are a way of “incorporating everyone’s concerns as to the impacts of constructing anything” at the Salton Sea.

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Desert Water Agency meets state health goals

Desert Water Agency officials said the utility met all state-set standards for water quality during a public hearing held Tuesday morning.

The water provider said in a report given during the state-mandated hearing that water quality is within the California Department of Health Services’ maximum contaminant level standards for all regulated substances, DWA spokeswoman Katie Ruark said. 

Water samples did show levels of uranium and coliform bacteria which exceeded stricter public health goals set by the California and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies, but these standards are set without regard of the cost of remedying the issues and aren’t enforced, according to a DWA report.

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IBM’s water-cooled servers show off big wins in reducing power, carbon

IBM researchers have delivered a breakthrough that could have a major impact on the power consumption and carbon footprint of data centers, and even the way companies heat their offices.

The project, called Aquasar, is a water-cooled supercomputer that consumes 40% less energy than a comparable system using today’s air-conditioned methods. Plus, the system takes the waste heat that it pulls from the servers and feeds it into the building’s heating system to help warm nearby offices. When you combine these two developments, the result is a carbon footprint that is reduced by up to 85%.

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Water, Extinction and Power Politics in California

By BILL HATCH

At the end of June and an 18-month campaign, the Spontaneous Hun, our governor, and other legislative lackeys of the finance, insurance and real estate interests, announced they will now try to rally enough votes to remove the $11-billion water bond from the November ballot. This after heroic efforts of bribery and corruption to get the proposition on the ballot last year. But that was then – “the third year of the drought” – and this is now, with 150 per cent of normal snowpack melting in the Sierra.

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