DuPont and 3M declined comment on the possible litigation by Orange County water agencies. Contamination from PFAS has been found throughout the state and country, including all Southern California counties. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. He’s also held reporting positions in Miami, Jacksonville, Detroit and his hometown of San Diego, with an emphasis on land use and urban planning. The district is located in the northern half of Orange County, CA (the county; AA+/Stable), encompassing approximately 350 square miles. [3], The Groundwater Replenishment System takes highly treated wastewater from the Orange County Sanitation District and purifies it using microfiltration, reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide. The district manages the county’s primary groundwater basin, which serves 19 member water agencies and 2.5 million residents. “Desalination is the only water source that is immune to climate change.”. When can Disneyland and other major California theme parks reopen? There’s been no sign of interest in contracting with Poseidon from any other agency that could distribute the huge volume of desalted water to be produced, enough for 450,000 people. Or, contact our editors by emailing Poseidon supporters Green and Ta are the two incumbents facing challengers on Nov. 3. Incumbents are rarely defeated in down-ticket races like water districts, where the average voter has had little exposure to the candidates and their positions. Customize how you view election results and more. Although we do not pre-screen comments, we reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable to us, and to disclose any information necessary to satisfy the law, regulation, or government request. For more information about your water bill and service, please contact your local water supplier. OCWD is the proud recipient of an iNOVA award in the nonprofit campaign category for our COVID-19 web page. If the Orange County agencies file suit, they would join of a growing trend of PFAS litigation in areas where there is no PFAS manufacturing. Orange County Soil & Water Conservation District 2 Candidates are elected in a general election to a 4-year term. The gas additive, now banned in California and many other states, posed a health hazard after leaking from gas stations into groundwater supplies, “These seem like fairly straightforward water contamination tort suits along the lines of the MTBE lawsuits,” Klass said. Since its beginning in 1933, the Orange County Water District has grown far more extensively and rapidly than its founders could possibly have anticipated. The 2018 term sheet detailing contract terms was approved by Orange County Water District in an 8-2 vote. Orange County residents can save water and money by taking advantage of available rebates offered on both indoor and outdoor water-saving devices. He is a lifelong surfer and has spent most of his life on the coast. While Ackerman is among those who thinks it unlikely the Municipal Water District would contract with Poseidon, a different makeup of the that district board could conceivably change the district’s posture. (A neighbor hates mine), Where to eat in Orange County in 2020: A guide to the best places, How The Blind Pig got national publicity — it was a case of mistaken identity, 3 O.C. The two opposing directors have been joined by Rowe, who has been outspoken with his objections. “The chance of Met stepping in with a contract — there’s not much chance of that,” said Metropolitan Water District Board Member Linda Ackerman of Irvine. It’s likely that 3M and DuPont, the primary manufacturers of PFAS products, would be defendants. 1,255 Followers, 290 Following, 459 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Orange County Water District (@ocwd) Over the 21 years Poseidon has been pursuing the project, opposition has coalesced. The Independent Special Districts of Orange County (ISDOC) is a membership association that represents the interests, and provides advocacy, on behalf of Orange County’s 27 independent special districts. Nine Orange County water agencies have retained a legal team to study whether to file suit to recoup the $1 billion or more it could cost to purify drinking water in local wells contaminated with PFAS chemicals and to pay for more expensive imported water in the interim. 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Orange County water districts consider massive…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Orange County water districts consider massive lawsuit over PFAS contamination, Tallest American Christmas tree reaches San Clemente, Some temporary license plates have a different look — for now, Amazon Fresh grocery store opens at Irvine Market Place, Disney California Adventure to reopen Buena Vista Street for shopping and dining, Man found shot to death inside Newport Beach house, suspect arrested, Mail ballots from the dead, and other rarities. The proposed contract between the Orange County Water District and Poseidon would oblige the district to buy 56,000 acre feet annually — enough for 450,000 people — whether it needs the more expensive desalted water or not. Our mission is to provide reliable, high-quality supplies from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and other sources to meet present and future needs at an equitable and economical cost, and to promote water use efficiency for all of Orange County. Poseidon declined comment for this story. But it does happen, particularly if the race includes a relatively high-profile issue like the $1 billion desalination project. Monthly meetings are open to the public and include presentations from a diverse group of speakers on a variety of water-related topics. Herndon estimates treatment could cost the average home in a local district with PFAS $4 to $5 more monthly, while those whose wells don’t have PFAS could pay $1 to $2 more monthly. This information allows the District to make more informed management decisions about future water supplies and pumping. © Orange County Water District 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, California 92708 USA, PHILIP L. ANTHONY WATER QUALITY LABORATORY. Poseidon has challenged the study and said that subsequent developments in state’s “Water Fix” infrastructure plans make imported shortages more likely. “We don’t need the water,” Elliott said. Created by the state legislature in 1933 by the Orange County Water District Act (the Act), the district operates under the direction of board of directors comprised of three appointed and seven elected members.