ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS

 

29.

WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

June 18, 2007

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David A. Berger,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

 

Prepared By:

 

Robert Cline

Cost Estimate:

N/A

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation:N/A

CEQA Compliance:Exempt

 

 

I.       MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION RETROFIT PROGRAM

 

The District continued to carry out District Regulation XIV, which requires the retrofit of water fixtures to ultra-low flow (ULF) 1.6 gallons-per-flush toilets and 2.5 gallons-per-minute showerheads when properties transfer ownership.Property owners are required to certify the property has the ULF fixtures by submitting a Water Conservation Certification form (WCC).

 

A.    Certification

The District received 87 WCC forms between May 1, 2007 and May 31, 2007.Data on property ownership, transfer date, and status of conservation requirements from those forms were entered into the conservation database.

 

B.     Verification

In the month of May, 159 inspections were performed in response to requests from agents and property owners.The District completed 78 inspections of properties changing ownership and 67 (86%) were in compliance. Six of the properties that passed inspection required more than one visit to verify compliance with all conservation requirements.The District also verified the replacement of 58 toilets resulting from water permit conditions of approval.

 

C.     Changes of Ownership

Information is obtained weekly from the RealQuest.Com on properties transferring ownership within the District.The information is entered into the database and compared against the properties that have submitted WCCs. Properties not in compliance with District law are then identified.Information on 83 property transfers that occurred in the month of May was entered into the database.††

 

D.    Savings Estimate

Water savings from retrofits (triggered by changes in ownership) verified in May are estimated at 2.001 acre-feet.This number represents verification of approximately 95% of the properties transferring ownership in the District during May (e.g. 87 toilets were replaced).†† Year-to-date total estimated savings is 10.051 acre-feet.

 

 

 

 

E.     Water Waste Response

There were three water waste complaints reported by the public, and staff made several verbal contacts in the field after observing water wasting actions.Letters were sent as a follow up to the water waste.

 

 

II.                WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.    Permit Processing

District staff processed and issued 141 water permits in the month of May. Of the 141 permits issued, one involved a debit of 0.151 acre-feet to Paralta & Pre-Paralta allocations.Eight permits were issued to other entitlements (Macomber, Pebble Beach Company, Griffin Estates, Quail Meadows, etc).The remainder of the permits issued did not involve a debit to a jurisdictionís allocation or were debited from a public water allocation.District Rule 23 requires a water permit application for all properties that propose to expand water demand on a site, including new construction and remodels.

 

District Rule 24-C (1) (C), allows the addition of a second bathroom to an existing single family dwelling on a single-family residential site. Of the 141 water permits issued in May, 17 were issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed 60 water permit final inspections in May. Seventeen of the final inspections failed due to unpermitted fixtures or for not having low-flow fixtures in place as required by the permit. Of the 43 properties that were in compliance, 35 passed on the first visit. In addition, 21 properties required pre-inspections in response to Water Permit Applications received by the District.

 

C.     Deed Restrictions

District staff prepares documents that are recorded on the property title to enforce District Rules and Regulations, enforce permit conditions and allow public access to water records.In March 2001, the District Board of Directors adopted a policy regarding the processing of these documents.Specifically, an extensive quality control process was put into place and the District is now responsible for thoroughly reviewing and recording these documents.In the month of May, the District prepared 75 documents.Of the 141 permits that were issued in May, 59 (42%) required deed restrictions.District staff provided deed restriction Notary services for 75 water permit applicants.†††††††††

 

III.             REBATE PROGRAM

 

In January 1997, the District enacted a program that offered refunds of up to $100 for every older residential toilet replaced with an ultra-low flow model.The program was expanded in 1998 to provide rebates for voluntary non-residential toilet retrofits.It was expanded again in 2003 to provide rebates for ultra-low consumption appliances and cisterns.Water saved through this program is set aside to reduce community water use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Participation in the rebate program is detailed in the following chart:

 

 

 

 

REBATE PROGRAM SUMMARY

May-2007

2007 YTD Total

Total-to-Date (January 1997 - Present)

I

Application Summary

 

 

 

 

A.

Applications Received

60

337

5769

 

B.

Applications Approved

52

260

4581

 

C.

Single Family Applications

57

322

5216

 

D.

Multi-Family Applications

1

10

405

 

E.

Commercial Applications

2

5

121

II

Types of Fixtures Rebated

 

 

 

 

A.

Single Family Toilet

6

53

4647

 

B.

SFD-Dual Flush

23

33

84

 

C.

Multi-Family Toilet

1

9

1856

 

D.

Commercial Dual-Flush Toilet

1

3

719

 

E.

SFD ULF Dishwasher

8

52

307

 

F.

Commercial ULF Washing Machine

0

32

586

 

G.

SFD ULF Washing Machine

28

149

404

 

H.

Instant Access Hot Water Systems

0

7

10

 

I.

Cisterns

0

2

6

III

Total Dollars Rebated

$6,900.00

$32,460.84

$810,350.15

IV

Estimated Water Savings in Acre-Feet Annually*

1.325

5.377

189.430

                Retrofit savings are estimated at 0.023 AF/toilet, 0.030 AF/dual flush toilet, 0.003 AF/dishwasher, 0.015 AF washer

                Documentation for retrofit savings on Dishwashers and Washing Machines began 12/2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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