WATER DEMAND COMMITTEE

 

 

2.

Review and discuss proposed draft ordinance no. 134, AN Ordinance modifying the definition of the Montery peninsula Water resources system and the Districtís expanded water conservation and standby rationing plan

 

Meeting Date:

April 29, 2008

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

Darby Fuerst,

Program/

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Interim General Manager

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Prepared By:

 

Stephanie Pintar

Cost Estimate:

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General Counsel Approval:

N/A

CEQA Compliance:

Initial Study and Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration filed with the County Recorder April 18, 2008.Comment period ends May 7, 2008.

 

SUMMARY:Proposed Ordinance No. 134 (Attachment 3 to Exhibit 2-A) would amend the District rules and regulations to amend the definition of the Monterey Peninsula Water Resource System (MPWRS) to include the Northern Inland Subarea and the Southern Inland Subarea, i.e., Laguna Seca Subarea, of the Seaside Groundwater Basin.Amending the definition of the MPWRS is necessary to respond to present and threatened water emergencies caused when increased consumption would force production above the legal limits set by the Seaside Basin adjudication decision.

 

Proposed Ordinance No. 134 would also amend District Regulation XV, the Districtís Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Plan. Specifically, as a result of amending the definition of the MPWRS, all water distribution systems, private wells, or water users who derive their source of supply from the Laguna Seca Subarea would be subject to the Districtís water conservation and rationing regulations.

 

DISCUSSION:The impetus for this amendment to Regulation XV is the March 2006 Seaside Adjudication decision whereby CAW water use within its satellite systems within the District (i.e., Bishop, Hidden Hills, and Ryan Ranch) is restricted.Under the decision, CAWís current production allocation for the Laguna Seca Subarea is 345 acre-feet (AF).This production allocation will be reduced to zero AF by 2017.Current production for the satellite systems within the District averages approximately 480 AF and exceeds the limit specified in the decision.Presently, the satellite systems must reduce demand by almost 30% to remain within the production limit.In Water Year (WY) 2009, the satellite systems will need to reduce demand by more than 40%.By including the Laguna Seca Subarea in the MPWRS, the area becomes subject to the Districtís Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Plan; a plan designed to keep water user within the limits set by the SWRCB and now the Seaside Adjudication.

 

CAW and MPWMD have been working together to adopt regulations that mirror each otherís rules related to the Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Plan.†† CAW submitted amendments to its conservation and rationing rule, i.e., Rule 14.1, to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as part of Proceeding A.07-12-010.These amendments were coordinated with the District and considered during the drafting of draft Ordinance No. 134.

 

BACKGROUND:MPWMDís Regulation XV, Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Program, in combination with an extensive public awareness campaign and comprehensive water rate structure for conservation, emergency and rationing rates, has successfully resulted in compliance with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Order WR 95-10 since water year 1998.Expansion of this regulation is required to include CAW customers receiving water from the Laguna Seca Subarea of the Seaside Groundwater Basin

 

RECOMMENDATION:The Water Demand Committee should review the amendments to the definition of the Monterey Peninsula Water Resource System and Regulation XV, as shown in draft Ordinance No. 134.The committee should consider a recommendation to the Board.

 

IMPACT ON STAFF/RESOURCES:The cost impact of amending the Expanded Water Conservation and Standby Rationing Plan is contemplated in the proposed Water Demand Division 2008/09 budget subject to CPUC approval of the conservation proceeding (A.07-12-010).

 

 

EXHIBIT

2-A††††† Initial Study and Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration for Ordinance No. 134

 

 

 

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