San Diego can't start construction on more than $334 million in water and sewer capital projects scheduled for this year until it resolves the financial crisis that has crippled its borrowing ability.
The city will spend about $590 million during the next several months on projects in progress. But it has delayed $226 million in projects planned to start before July and $108 million in projects pegged for July to December.
While many of the 99 projects are mandated by the state and federal government, unknown delays won't lead to fines for now, according to city officials working with the state Department of Health Services and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“My hope is that we can work through these issues and restore ourselves in terms of catching up on these projects, and it won't be necessary for (regulators) to take any action,” said deputy city manager Richard Mende.