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  • Let The Sun Shine

    When San Diego's Alvarado Water Treatment Plant integrated solar power into its operations last year, it found a new source for 30% of its electricity. Today, nearly 1.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of the plant's power are generated by photovoltaic panels installed onsite, saving $70,000 annually.

  • Disaster blasters

    From Oct. 20 through Nov. 7, during one of California's driest years on record, a large swath of the state was engulfed in flames. As in all natural disasters, public works played a critical role. Employees were assigned to fire crews to designate evacuation routes and close roads. Before the last...

  • Sea of Life

    The California desalination initiative is expected to yield more than 20 new projects statewide that would supply 400 to 500 mgd of new drinking water by 2020 and provide up to 10% of the state's total water demand by 2030.

  • Demanding a better way

  • Crude crud creates a craze

    Kids are fascinated by gross things; they also dig learning how stuff works. Combining the two, San Diego created an ingenious program to teach youngsters all about the gross and groovy world of sewers.

  • Walking the line

    Many public agencies have created effective procedures to curb new encroachments onto rights of way. But there remains a larger issue: What to do about existing encroachments that may have been in violation for years, or even decades?

  • ESRI maps out annual conference

    The 26th annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference will be held Aug. 7-11 in San Diego.

  • San Diego dedicates new reservoir

  • A quick scan

    Douglas Kuypers is a one-man laser-scanning team. In an ongoing project to develop maintenance plan data for the San Diego International Airport, Kuypers, with the Denver office of Woolpert Inc., used 3-D laser scanning to capture this data in the airport's Terminal 1. Using laser scanning slashed...

  • Budget woes halt san diego water, sewer plans

    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.