ITEM:

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

5.

CONSIDER EXPENDITURE OF BUDGETED FUNDS TO CONTRACT WITH WATERWISE, INC. TO CONDUCT WATER AUDITS OF SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OF THE CALIFORNIA AMERICAN WATER SERVICE AREA

 

Meeting Date:

May 17, 2010

Budgeted:

Yes

 

From:

Darby Fuerst,

Program/

Conservation Programs

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

4-2-2-J

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared By:

Stephanie Pintar

Cost Estimate:

$10,000

 

General Counsel Review: N/A

Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on May 7, 2010 and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance: N/A

 

SUMMARY: Staff is seeking Board authorization to contract with WaterWise Consulting, Inc. to conduct water audits at schools located within MPWMD that are not supplied water by California American Water. California American Water has a contract with WaterWise Consulting, Inc. to complete water audits within its service area, and this contract would cover the remainder of the MPWMD. WaterWise has extensive experience performing Non-Residential water audits on large institutional sites. The water audits contemplated for this contract will be completed at a cost of approximately $3,000 each (depending on size of the property). There are roughly six schools that would be eligible for audits if this contract is authorized: Most are located in the Seaside Municipal Water System service area. Additional funding will be considered in the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget.

 

MPWMD has funds in its Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget to conduct audits of schools within the District that are outside of the California American Water boundary. The audits are designed to review all water use within the facilities, identifying the types of water uses and potential retrofits. The product of the audit is a report that includes a cost/benefit analysis of water quantity and cost savings.  A draft Scope of Work is attached as Exhibit 5-A.

 

WaterWise Consulting, Inc., is currently contracted with the District to conduct Landscape Water Audits and Landscape Water Budgets. Their audit reports are particularly thorough and provide useful information that is easily understood by the consumers. Upon completion of the audits, staff will be requesting Board authorization to implement the most cost-effective retrofits. Additional conservation devices and materials may be available through other programs offered through the District, Seaside Municipal Water System, PG&E and others.

 

RECOMMENDATION: The Administrative Committee should recommend the Board authorize the General Manager to contract for professional services with WaterWise Consulting, Inc. to conduct water audits and prepare retrofit recommendations for the non-California American Water schools located within the District in a not-to-exceed amount of $10,000 during Fiscal Year 2009-2010.

 

IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES: Funds for this project were approved in Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget.

 

EXHIBITS

5-A Scope of Work

 

 

 

 

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