ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEM/STAFF REPORTS

 

19.

WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

October 21, 2019

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

Prepared By:

Kyle Smith

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance:N/A

I.       MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION RETROFIT PROGRAM

District Regulation XIV requires the retrofit of water fixtures upon Change of Ownership or Use with High Efficiency Toilets (HET) (1.28 gallons-per-flush), 2.0 gallons-per-minute (gpm) Showerheads, 1.2 gpm Washbasin faucets, 1.8 gpm Kitchen, Utility and Bar Sink faucets, and Rain Sensors on all automatic Irrigation Systems.Property owners must certify the Site meets the Districtís water efficiency standards by submitting a Water Conservation Certification Form (WCC), and a Site inspection is often conducted to verify compliance.

 

A.    Changes of Ownership

Information is obtained monthly from Realquest.com on properties transferring ownership within the District.The information is compared against the properties that have submitted WCCs.Details on 84 property transfers that occurred between September 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019, were added to the database.††††

 

B.     Certification

The District received 69 WCCs between September 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019.Data on ownership, transfer date, and status of water efficiency standard compliance were entered into the database.

 

C.     Verification

From September 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019, 56 properties were verified compliant with Rule 144 (Retrofit Upon Change of Ownership or Use).Of the 56 verifications, 30 properties verified compliance by submitting certification forms and/or receipts.District staff completed 45 Site inspections.Of the 45 properties inspected, 26 (57%) passed inspection. None of the properties that passed inspection involved more than one visit to verify compliance with all water efficiency standards.

 

Savings Estimate

Water savings from HET retrofits triggered by Rule 144 verified from September 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019, are estimated at 0.530 Acre-Foot annually (AFA). Water savings from retrofits that exceeded the requirement (i.e., HETs to Ultra High Efficiency Toilets) is estimated at 0.240 AFA (24 toilets).Year-to-date estimated savings from toilet retrofits is 6.580 AFA.

D.    CII Compliance with Water Efficiency Standards

Effective January 1, 2014, all Non-Residential properties were required to meet Rule 143, Water Efficiency Standards for Existing Non-Residential Uses. To verify compliance with these requirements, property owners and businesses are being sent notification of the requirements and a date that inspectors will be on Site to check the property. In September, District inspectors performed three inspections.Of the three inspections certified, all were in compliance.None of the properties that passed inspection involved more than one visit to verify compliance with all water efficiency standards; the remainder complied without a reinspection.

 

MPWMD is forwarding its CII inspection findings to California American Water (Cal-Am) for their verification with the Rate Best Management Practices (Rate BMPs) that are used to determine the appropriate Non-Residential rate division.Compliance with MPWMDís Rule 143 achieves Rate BMPs for indoor water uses, however, properties with landscaping must also comply with Cal-Amís outdoor Rate BMPs to avoid Division 4 (Non-Rate BMP Compliant) rates.In addition to sharing information about indoor Rate BMP compliance, MPWMD notifies Cal-Am of properties with landscaping.Cal-Am then conducts an outdoor audit to verify compliance with the Rate BMPs.During September 2019, MPWMD referred no properties to Cal-Am for verification of outdoor Rate BMPs.

 

E.     Water Waste Enforcement

The District has a Water Waste Hotline 831-658-5653 or an online form to report Water Waster occurrences at www.mpwmd.net or www.montereywaterinfo.org. There were three Water Waste responses during the past month. There were no repeated incidents that resulted in a fine.

 

II.    WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.    Permit Processing

District Rule 23 requires a Water Permit application for all properties that propose to expand or modify water use on a Site, including New Construction and Remodels.District staff processed and issued 86 Water Permits from September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.Fifteen Water Permits were issued using Water Entitlements (Pebble Beach Company, Malpaso Water, etc.).No Water Permits involved a debit to a Public Water Credit Account.

 

All Water Permits have a disclaimer informing applicants of the Cease and Desist Order against California American Water and that MPWMD reports Water Permit details to California American Water.All Water Permit recipients with property supplied by a California American Water Distribution System will continue to be provided with the disclaimer.

 

District Rule 24-3-A allows the addition of a second bathroom in an existing Single-Family Dwelling on a Single-Family Residential Site. Of the 86 Water Permits issued from September 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019, one was issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed 70 Water Permit final inspections during September 2019.Sixteen of the final inspections failed due to unpermitted fixtures. Of the 47 passing properties, 29 passed inspection on the first visit. In addition, three pre-inspections were conducted in response to Water Permit applications received by the District.

 

C.     Deed Restrictions

District staff prepares deed restrictions that are recorded on the property title to provide notice of District Rules and Regulations, enforce Water Permit conditions, and provide notice of public access to water records.In April 2001, the District Board of Directors adopted a policy regarding the processing of deed restrictions.District staff provided Notary services for 56 Water Permits with deed restrictions.

 

D.    Rebates

The following table summarizes Rebate activity for this month: