Otay District Working with "Mystery Partner": Report

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    Sam Hodgson/voiceofsandiego
    The Otay Water District's offices.

    The Otay Water District has held several closed door meetings with a Mexico company while researching a proposal to buy drinking water from a Rosarito-area seawater desalination plant.

    However, according to a published report, the district’s general manager won’t disclose the names of employees behind the Mexican company Norte Sur Agua who will benefit from the multi-million dollar deal.

    While major water suppliers for markets like Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego have been researching the idea, our media partners the voiceofsandiego.org report that the Otay Water District, which supplies 200,000 people from Otay Mesa to Jamul, has been negotiating its own arrangement.

    Otay has spent at least $674,000 on the plan so far voiceofsandiego reports. 

    The district met with Norte Sur Agua several times in 2010 before bringing in a partner, Consolidated Water – a publicly-traded company based in the Cayman Islands voiceofsandiego.org reports.

    Reporter Rob Davis spoke with local water officials who said the secrecy of a plan proposed by a public agency spending ratepayer money was unusual.

    Read more in the full post on voiceofsandiego.org.