Water Authority to give presentation on desal water at Tuesday’s RMWD meeting
By Karen Brainard
A representative from the San Diego County Water Authority (CWA) will give a presentation on the proposed desalinated water project to the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) board of directors at its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The board meets at 2 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
RMWD General Manager David Barnum said Ken Weinberg, director of water resources for the County Water Authority, will give a 20 to 30 minute presentation on the background and history of the desalination project in Carlsbad. Weinberg will also talk about a draft water purchase agreement between the water authority and Poseidon Resources, the group heading up the desal project.
Ramona’s water district purchases all of its water from CWA and is one of 24 member agencies with representation on the CWA board. Barnum serves as RMWD’s representative.
According to Barnum, on Nov. 29, CWA board members may be asked to vote on whether to participate in the water purchase agreement. He has asked the RMWD board for direction.
While the desal water will increase CWA’s water supply, water rates could rise because the desalination will be more expensive than the cost of other water supplies, according to the general manager.
Even if RMWD decides against the desal water, if the majority of other member agencies vote to participate, all CWA member agencies will have to sign on to the agreement, said RMWD Finance Director Richard Hannasch at the board’s Oct. 9 meeting.
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