11. CONSIDER SECOND READING AND ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE NO. 110 - EXPANDING THE TOILET RETROFIT REBATE PROGRAM TO INCLUDE REBATES FOR ULTRA-LOW CONSUMPTION DISHWASHERS, ULTRA-LOW CONSUMPTION WASHING MACHINES, DUAL-FLUSH ULTRA-LOW FLUSH TOILETS, HOT WATER DEMAND PUMPING SYSTEMS AND RAINWATER CISTERNS
Program/Line Item No.: 4-2-6
General Counsel Approval: Reviewed ordinance text and concurred.
Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed the proposed program on September 10, 2003 and recommended approval. Water Demand Committee provided direction on the content of the ordinance and has reviewed the draft document.
CEQA Compliance: Categorical exemption under Class I, §15301 of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)
SUMMARY: Ordinance No. 110 (Exhibit 11-A) expands the District’s rebate program to include rebates for ultra-low water consumption dishwashers and washing machines, cisterns, hot water demand pumping systems and dual-flush ultra-low flush toilets. The proposed program also adds the California-American Water Company (Cal-Am) system subunits of Hidden Hills, Ryan Ranch and Bishop, and adds private well users that are supplied by sources in the Monterey Peninsula Water Resource System (MPWRS) to the list of potentially qualified applicants.
The proposed expansion of the rebate program will accelerate water savings within the District. Between January 1997 and October 31, 1999, District staff has estimated that the toilet rebate program has saved more than 105 acre-feet of water per year (AFA) and has contributed to the replacement of nearly 4,600 toilets, many of which would not have been replaced without the program. The proposed expansion of the program is expected to save 1,300 gallons-per-year for each dishwasher replaced, 5,200 gallons annually for each ultra-low consumption washing machine, up to 3,000 gallons of water previously used for irrigation for cisterns with storage of 3,000 gallons (the maximum proposed rebate), 10,220 gallons-per-year for installation of a Hot Water Demand Pumping System, and savings averaging 0.35 gallons-per-flush for each dual-flush ultra-low flush toilet.
RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the Board approve the second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 110. If adopted, the expanded rebate program will begin on December 1, 2003.
BACKGROUND: On November 15, 1999, the District considered an ordinance (Ordinance No. 94) that would have expanded the toilet replacement rebate program to include rebates for ultra-low consumption dishwashers and washing machines. The proposed program also added the Cal-Am Hidden Hills, Ryan Ranch and Bishop subunits and added private well users that are supplied by sources in the MPWRS to the list of qualifying properties. The expansion of the program to Cal-Am customers served by sources outside the MPWRS was proposed in response to a request from Cal-Am General Manager Judy Almond at the October 1999 Board meeting. Ms. Almond asked the District to include Hidden Hills to assist Cal-Am with its conservation effort in that area. The District’s current rebate program is available to all qualifying customers of water systems within the MPWRS. Cal-Am co-funds the program with the District.
The Board direction from the November 15, 1999 first reading of Ordinance No. 94, Modifying the Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program to Include Rebates for Ultra-Low Consumption Dishwashers and Washing Machines, was “to continue consideration of this ordinance to a date uncertain.”
IMPACT ON RESOURCES: Administration of the program is performed by the District=s Water Demand Division. Adoption of Ordinance No. 110 may impact staff by increasing the number of applications for rebates received by the District. Positions impacted by an increase in applications will include the Conservation Technician, the Accountant and the Office Specialist. Currently, staff allocates time to processing rebates as a part of the data entry function. These activities will continue with the expanded program and may increase to accommodate the increased demand for rebates. In addition, periodic inspections are performed to verify installation of the fixtures for which a rebate was issued. Even though spot inspections are done, all applications require installation of the fixtures and certification under the penalty of perjury that the information on the application is true and complete.