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San Diego County Water Authority defers construction of infrastructure projects

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors voted Thursday to defer the construction of 11 infrastructure projects to save $82 million over the next two years.

The board also directed staff to evaluate three other projects for possible referral, which could save an additional $68 million - money that would ease future increases of wholesale water rates.

"Water use is down 20 percent compared to 2007 levels, and this has given us the opportunity to review the need for new facilities and adjust the timing for their construction," said Michael T. Hogan, the board chairman.

"Deferring these projects is in the best interests of the region because it will help manage Water Authority rate increases for the next two years without jeopardizing our mission to provide the San Diego region with a safe and reliable water supply."

Projects considered more urgently needed will continue, including one which raises the San Vicente Dam and re-lining pipelines.

The deferred projects include new pump stations, pipeline expansions, flow control facilities, and mitigation projects linked to future construction.

SDCWA officials expect long-term water demands to increase at a slower rate compared to previous estimates.

The agencies that deliver waters to homes and businesses get their water from the SDCWA which, in turn, acquires water from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District.

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