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Water reuse and sewer pipeline replacement discussed

The survey, conducted by South Laguna Civic Assn., touched on the issue of Laguna residents not getting to vote in the election of South Coast Water District candidates.

November 01, 2012|By Joanna Clay

The South Laguna Civic Assn. surveyed the six South Coast Water District candidates about issues pertinent to Laguna Beach, such as Aliso Creek, water recycling and the five-year Tunnel Stabilization and Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project.

Laguna Beach residents don't vote in candidates due to a 1998 agreement when The Local Agency Formation Commissions consolidated water districts. Dana Point, Capistrano Beach and San Clemente residents do get to vote for the candidates, who serve a four-year term.

However, Laguna Beach ratepayers can voice their concerns about the water district at a committee meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 5 in South Laguna, 31592 West St.

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Candidates Wayne Rayfield, Joel Bishop, Dick Dietmeier and Rick Erkeneff all supported the Aliso Creek Runoff, Recover and Reuse Project, which aims to recycle water, reduce dependence on imported water and reduce polluted runoff. Rayfield said he'd like to get it operational as soon as possible and Bishop said summer seemed like an acceptable goal, according to the survey. Candidate Richard Gardner said he did not have the information to decide.

"I support the concept but need to be better informed concerning the feasibility, both operational and financial," candidate Gary Langdale said.

In response to sewage discharge and recycled water usage, Rayfield suggested capturing gray water — used water from a home that can be reused in irrigation — in Laguna and Dana Point. He also said the district plans to expand the production and delivery of recycled water. Bishop and Erkeneff are also in support of capturing gray water as well. Langdale said he's been a proponent of recycling water and water conservation in San Clemente. He said without the required additional piping for the water, it won't take root until demand is high.

The association asked in what ways would the candidates be willing to mitigate South Laguna residents for the impacts of the five-year Tunnel Stabilization and Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project.

Rayfield and Bishop felt many concerns have been addressed and that the plan has been thoughtful to residents. Langdale admitted traffic and noise will be an issue but that district has its customers as top priority. Dietmeier said the project will allow easier access to the pipeline, which would minimize maintenance issues.

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