Articles by Charles M. Kelly
Avalon’s city manager and city attorney are expected to discuss fresh water issues today with state Public Utilities Commission officials in San Francisco. Southern California Edison and the city differ on several issues, such as how much water storage is needed. City staff also believes the local drought has been aggravated by rationing rules that are tied to the Middle Ranch Reservoir and predate the desalination plant.
This week the City Council unanimously directed the city manager to informally ask the state Public Utilities Commission for help with getting more cooperation from Southern California Edison on water storage and rationing.
The two entities part ways on the details of how to improve water storage and delivery.
For example, Avalon officials want Edison to build a 2 million gallon storage tank. Edison officials want to wait for the results of a desalination expert’s study, expected next month, before deciding on the size and location of the tank.