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INFORMATIONAL ITEM/STAFF REPORT

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WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

June 21, 2021

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:This action does not constitute a project as defined by the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines section 15378.

 

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 occasionally 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 162 property transfers that occurred between May 1, 2021, and May 31, 2021, were added to the database.††††

 

B.     Certification

The District received 71 WCCs between May 1, 2021, and May 31, 2021.Data on ownership, transfer date, and status of water efficiency standard compliance were entered into the database.

 

C.     Verification

From May 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021, 69 properties were verified compliant with Rule 144 (Retrofit Upon Change of Ownership or Use).Of the 69 verifications, 41 properties verified compliance by submitting certification forms and/or receipts. District staff completed 28 Site inspections.Of the 28 properties verified, 17 (60%) passed.

 

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 sent notification of the requirements and a date that inspectors will be on Site to check the property. In May, District inspectors performed one verification inspection.

 

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.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 May 2021, MPWMD referred one property 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 was one Water Waste responses during the past month. There were no repeated incidents that resulted in a fine.

 

II.    WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.    Permit Processing

Since March 18, 2020, the District has been processing only electronic applications for Water Permits. Information can be found at https://www.mpwmd.net/regulations/water-permits.

 

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 51 Water Permits from May 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021.Twelve 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.In addition to those Water Permits issued in May, ten Meter Permits and two Hydrant Meter Permits were issued.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.

 

District Rule 24-3-A allows the addition of a second Bathroom in an existing Dwelling Unit. Of the 51 Water Permits issued from May 1, 2021, to May 31, 2021, six were issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed no conditional Water Permit finals during May 2021. Staff completed 46 site inspections. Twenty-four properties passed and nine failed due to unpermitted fixtures.

 

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.As of March 18, 2020, MPWMD offices are closed to the public.While still processing and issuing Water Permits, staff is no longer available for notary services.Applicants can obtain notary services at local UPS stores and other locations.Staff receives notarized deed restrictions via email and records the documents electronically with the County.

 

D.    Rebates

Rebates continue to be processed during the Shelter-in-Place. The full list of available rebates can be found in Rule 141:https://www.mpwmd.net/rules/Rule141-TableXIV-1.pdf.Below is the reate information for May 2021.

 

 

 

 

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