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24.

DISCUSSION OF CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER UNACCOUNTED FOR WATER LOSSES Ė PRESENTATION FROM CRAIG ANTHONY, CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER AND DARBY FUERST, MPWMD

 

Meeting Date:

December 14, 2009

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

Darby Fuerst,

Program/

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General Manager

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Prepared By:

Darby Fuerst

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General Counsel Review:N/A

Committee Recommendation:N/A

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

SUMMARY: Director Brower has asked that issue of California American Waterís (Cal-Am) unaccounted-for-water losses be presented to the Board for discussion.Unaccounted-for-water losses are defined as the difference between the quantity of water recorded at production meters and the quantity of water recorded at the usersí meters or estimated as reasonable use. Unaccounted-for-water uses include unknown leakage, stolen water, unreported fire department usage, unreported street sweeping, unrecorded construction water, and customer meters that under register the amount of water delivered.The Districtís unaccounted-for-water use standard is seven percent, calculated as the amount of unaccounted-for-water use in acre-feet divided by the total amount of water produced in acre-feet.Based on a 12-month running average, Cal-Amís reported unaccounted-for-water use during the December 2008 through November 2009 period has ranged from 13.5 percent to 9.2 percent.Significantly, Cal-Amís unaccounted-for-water use has shown a consistent decrease from 12.6 percent in April 2009 to 9.2 percent in November 2009.†††

 

As adopted, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Order WR 2009-0060 requires Cal-Am to reduce its system losses by five percent, i.e., from 12 percent to seven percent, in WY 2010.When applied to Cal-Amís new base diversion from Carmel River, this five percent reduction in system losses equates to 549 acre-feet.Similarly, California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Decision 09-07-021 set nine percent as the annual target for Cal-Amís main system in the 2009-2011 period and created an unaccounted-for-water penalty/reward program.Under this program, if the nine percent standard is met, Cal-Am will earn a financial reward.If the nine percent standard is not met, Cal-Am will incur a financial penalty.

 

Staff will provide additional information regarding Cal-Amís current unaccounted-for-water use in its main system and how it relates to current standards specified by the District, the SWRCB, and the CPUC at the December 14, 2009 meeting.In addition, Cal-Amís General Manager will provide an update on Cal-Amís current unaccounted-for-water use and efforts underway to reduce this use†††††

 

RECOMMENDATION:The Board should receive the information presented at the December 14 Board meeting concerning Cal-Amís current unaccounted-for-water use and provide direction to staff regarding further actions.

 

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