March 28, 2002
Bryce Alderton Equipment to clean Orange County's drinking water will cost $5 million less than anticipated, said officials with the Orange County Water District. When bids came in this week USFilter submitted the winning proposal at $27.3 million to install microfiltration equipment that will screen out minute particles, bacteria and some viruses. The water district had budgeted the project at $32.5 million, said Jenny Glasser, spokeswoman for the water district.
April 3, 2003
Jenny Marder Construction is underway on a pipeline that will prevent saltwater from intruding into the city's primary water source. Saltwater has been creeping around the saltwater barrier, a high pressure system that pushes saltwater back toward the ocean and away from the city's supply of fresh groundwater. "The salt would contaminate our water supplies if we don't keep it out," said Jenny Glasser, spokeswoman for the Orange County Water District.
July 16, 2009
While Vic was off earning a living the other day, I caught an interesting show on the Planet Green channel. I’m pretty sure his vision of me is sitting at home in curlers, eating bonbons and watching daytime TV while he is working. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I don’t curl my hair. As an environmental writer, watching Planet Green is research. I was working. We’ll just ignore the bonbon aspect of his vision of how I work. The program, called “Ecopolis,” compared four innovative green technologies that can help cities in the near future.
May 15, 2003
Jenny Marder Orange County Water regulators have filed a lawsuit against 18 companies they say are responsible for a gasoline additive that has been found in a groundwater well and they fear could contaminate the county's drinking water supply. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether has been detected in low levels in the Orange County Water District's shallow aquifers. District officials suspect the carcinogen may have leaked into the groundwater supply from storage tanks in gas stations.
January 13, 2005
Dave Brooks The future of Huntington Beach's water supply doesn't come from the Colorado River or desalination. To discover the newest source of Huntington Beach and other local cities' drinking water, one needs to look no farther than a common household device: the toilet. Engineers with the Orange County Water District say it's not exactly desperate measures for desperate times, but water supplies are being tapped to capacity. Northern Orange County gets about half of its water from an underground aquifer while the rest is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River.
July 5, 2001
Last week, about 90,000 residents of Huntington Beach who buy water from the city were mailed a six-page report by the Public Works Water Division, entitled "2000 Consumer Confidence Report." It told us that for 2000, our drinking water has been up to snuff. The cost of printing and mailing the report? A mere $22,000 of your money. I found it interesting that I received the report in June 2001, telling me how my drinking water was in 2000. Excuse me here, but if there was a problem with the drinking water in January or February 2000, isn't it just little late to let me know about it in June 2001?
September 23, 1999
Ellen McCarty FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- Judgment day comes March 2000 for a $235 million state water bond that, if approved by voters, will contribute $37 million to a new drinking water purification system in North Orange County, water district officials said Monday. "The bond will take on the cost of water that would otherwise burden consumers," said Ron Wildermuth, spokesman for the Orange County Water District. As early as 2003, the Groundwater Replenishment System will convert the county's sewage water into ground water by pushing it through microfiltration and reverse osmosis, big words that describe the process of removing contamination at a molecular level.
May 16, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: The Planning Commission has added religious assembly and public school use to a one-square-block area in the city. WHAT IT MEANS: The commission unanimously approved reshaping the zoning in the area bounded by Edwards Street on the west, Garfield Avenue on the south, Goldenwest Street on the east and Ellis Avenue on the north. The change incorporates Huntington Seacliff Elementary School, on Garfield Avenue. The addition of religious uses also puts the city in conformance with a federal law, known as the Religious Land Use and Institutional Persons Act of 2000, which requires cities to carve out a place for churches.
December 13, 2001
With Orange County's population expected to surge in the coming years, steps are being taken to ensure that cities have an additional source of clean drinking water. Huntington Beach is one several cities that will benefit from a $2.5-million federal grant, signed into law in November by President George W. Bush, to be used for a Ground-water Replenishment System project. It is a joint project of the Orange County Water District and the Orange County Sanitation District, to provide the county with a source of pure and safe drinking water that will serve as many as 200,000 families each year after its completion in 2006.
November 4, 1999
Ellen McCarty FOUNTAIN VALLEY -- At the Orange County Water District last week, former Sen. Paul Simon predicated that water may be the impetus for the next world war unless politicians dedicate time and resources to resolving the problem of vanishing water resources. "We're near calamity," he said. "The only reason we're not reading more headlines about water is because it's not a crisis, not yet." The county's water district, based in Fountain Valley, says it can avert that crisis with ground water replenishment, a system that converts sewage water to drinking water.