Consider Expenditure of Budgeted Funds to Purchase Water Conservation Equipment


Meeting Date:

June 21, 2010







Darby Fuerst,


Water Conservation


General Manager

Line Item No.:

4-2-2-H. Reimbursable by CAW conservation surcharge.


Prepared By:

Stephanie Pintar

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Review: N/A

Committee Recommendation: The Administrative Committee reviewed this item on June 15, 2010, and recommended approval.

CEQA Compliance: N/A


SUMMARY: Staff is requesting authorization for a not-to-exceed amount of $20,000 to purchase conservation devices which are provided free to the public to save water. Funding is budgeted in the pending Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget under program 4-2-2-H, Conservation Devices. This purchase is reimbursable through the California American Water conservation surcharge.


The District, in partnership with California American Water, provides free water saving devices (i.e., showerheads, faucet aerators, hose nozzles, rain sensors, soil moisture meters, etc.) to residents and businesses within the District. Devices are distributed at events and meetings and are advertised in most outreach efforts. Purchases are coordinated with California American Water, and orders are placed as bulk purchases to obtain the best prices from vendors. The District currently needs to purchase showerheads, rain sensors, high efficiency pre-rinse spray valves, faucet aerators and hose timers.


RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the Administrative Committee support this item with a recommendation that the Board authorize staff to expend a maximum of $20,000 for conservation devices.


IMPACT TO STAFF/RESOURCES: Funding is available through reimbursement by CAW through the conservation surcharge approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in D.09-05-029.