ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEM/STAFF REPORT

 

28.

WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

September 19, 2022

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.

 

Prepared By:

Kyle Smith

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

General Counsel Recommendation: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.††Properties that do not require an inspection are issued a Conservation Certification document.

 

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 95 property transfers that occurred between August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022, were added to the database.††††

 

B.     Certification

The District received 127 WCCs between August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022.Data on ownership, transfer date, and status of water efficiency standard compliance were entered into the database.

 

C.     Verification

From August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022, 107 properties were verified compliant with Rule 144 (Retrofit Upon Change of Ownership or Use).Of the 107 verifications, 75 properties verified compliance by submitting certification forms and/or receipts. District staff completed 63 Site inspections.Of the 63 properties verified, 32 (51%) 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 August, District inspectors performed 3 verification inspections.

 

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 August 2022, 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 Waste occurrences at www.mpwmd.net or www.montereywaterinfo.org. There were five Water Waste responses during the past month. There were no repeated incidents that resulted in a fine.

 

II.    WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.    Permit Processing

As of July 6, 2021, the District has been processing both electronic and in person 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 65 Water Permits from August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022. Nine 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 August, 14 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 65 Water Permits issued from August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022, five were issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed no conditional Water Permit finals during August 2022. Staff completed 42 site inspections. Twenty-eight properties passed and eight 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.District staff provided Notary services for 56 Water Permits with deed restrictions.

 

D.    Rebates

The full list of available rebates can be found in Rule 141:https://www.mpwmd.net/rules/Rule141-TableXIV-1.pdf.Below is the rebate information for August 2022.

 

 

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