ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS

 

22.

WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

February 26, 2009

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

Darby Fuerst,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

 

 

Prepared By:

 

Michael Boles

Cost Estimate:

N/A

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation:N/A

CEQA Compliance:Exempt

 

 

I.       MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION RETROFIT PROGRAM

 

The District continued to carry out District Regulation XIV, which requires the retrofit of water fixtures to ultra-low flow (ULF) 1.6 gallons-per-flush toilets, 2.5 gallons-per-minute showerheads and 2.2 gallons-per-minute when properties transfer ownership.Property owners are required to certify the property has the ULF fixtures by submitting a Water Conservation Certification form (WCC).

 

A.     Certification

The District received 50 WCC forms between January 1, 2009 and January 31, 2009.Data on property ownership, transfer date, and status of conservation requirements from those forms were entered into the conservation database.

 

B.     Verification

In the month of January, 137 inspections were performed. The District completed 62 inspections of properties changing ownership, and 51 (82%) were in compliance.One of the properties that passed inspection required more than one visit to verify compliance with all conservation requirements.The District also verified the replacement of 141 toilets resulting from water permit conditions of approval.

 

C.     Changes of Ownership

Information is obtained weekly from RealQuest.Com on properties transferring ownership within the District.The information is entered into the database and compared against the properties that have submitted WCCs. Properties not in compliance with District law are then identified.Information on 105 property transfers that occurred in the month of January was entered into the database.††

 

  1. Savings Estimate

Water savings from retrofits (triggered by changes in ownership) verified in January is estimated at 0.207 acre-feet.Year-to-date total estimated savings is 0.207 acre-feet.

 

 

  1. Water Waste Response

There were four water waste complaints reported by the public, and staff made several verbal contacts in the field after observing water waste conditions. In one case, staff shut off an irrigation system that had been left on at a regional shopping center.

 

 

II.                WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.     Permit Processing

District staff processed and issued 61 water permits in the month of January.Two permits were issued for other water entitlements (Macomber, Pebble Beach Company, Griffin Estates, Quail Meadows, etc).The remainder of the permits issued did not involve a debit to a jurisdictionís allocation or were debited from a public water allocation.District Rule 23 requires a water permit application for all properties that propose to expand water demand on a site, including new construction and remodels.

 

District Rule 24-3-A allows the addition of a second bathroom to an existing single family dwelling on a single-family residential site. Of the 61 water permits issued in January, 11 were issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed 61 water permit final inspections in January. Fifteen of the final inspections failed due to unpermitted fixtures, and three failed for not having low-flow fixtures in place as required by the permit. Of the 43 properties that were in compliance, 40 passed on the first visit. In addition, 14 properties required pre-inspections in response to Water Permit Applications received by the District.

 

C.     Deed Restrictions

District staff prepares documents that are recorded on the property title to enforce District Rules and Regulations, enforce permit conditions and allow public access to water records.In March 2001, the District Board of Directors adopted a policy regarding the processing of these documents.Specifically, an extensive quality control process was put into place and the District is now responsible for thoroughly reviewing and recording these documents.In the month of January, the District prepared 25 documents.Of the 61 permits that were issued in January, 19 (31%) required deed restrictions.District staff provided deed restriction Notary services for 28 water permit applicants.†††††††††††

 

III.             JOINT MPWMD/CAW REBATE PROGRAM

 

In January 1997, the District enacted a program that offers refunds of up to $100 for older residential toilets replaced with ultra-low flow models.The program was expanded in 1998 to provide rebates for voluntary non-residential toilet retrofits.It was expanded again in 2003 to provide rebates for ultra-low consumption appliances and cisterns.In September 2007, the refund amount for water savings appliances was increased from $100 to $150 for High Efficiency Toilets, point of source on demand hot water, and 28 gallon washing machines; $125 for ultra water saving dishwashers and $200 for 18 gallon washing machines and instant access hot water systems. Water saved through this program is set aside to reduce community water use.

 

 

 

Participation in the rebate program is detailed in the following chart:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REBATE PROGRAM SUMMARY

January-2009

 

2009 YTD Total

Total-to-Date (January 1997 - Present)

Application Summary

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Applications Received

142

 

142

7610

B.

Applications Approved

117

 

117

5965

C.

Single Family Applications

115

 

115

6976

D.

Multi-Family Applications

2

 

2

442

E.

Non-Residential Applications

0

 

0

140

Types of Fixtures Rebated

Total Per Item

Estimated Water Savings

 

 

A.

Single Family Toilet

5

500.00

0.115

5

4845

B.

SFD-HET

14

2,049.00

0.420

14

348

C.

Multi-Family Toilet

1

100.00

0.023

1

1889

D.

Multi-Family HET

0

0.00

0.000

0

8

E.

Non-Residential - Toilet

0

0.00

0.000

0

714

F.

Non-Residential - HET

0

0.00

0.000

0

106

G.

SFD ULF Dishwasher

10

1,250.00

0.030

10

554

H.

MFD ULF Dishwasher

0

0.00

0.000

0

5

I.

Non-Residential 18-gallon WM

0

0.00

0.000

0

590

J.

SFD ULF 18-gallon Washing Machine

70

14,000.00

1.050

70

1165

K.

MFD ULF 18-gallon Washing Machine

1

200.00

0.015

1

5

L.

SFD ULF 28-gallon Washing Machine

1

150.00

0.015

1

20

M.

MFD ULF 28-gallon Washing Machine

0

0.00

0.000

0

1

N.

Smart Controllers

6

860.00

 

6

11

O.

Zero Water Using Urinals

0

0.00

 

0

113

P.

Instant Access Hot Water Systems

2

400.00

 

2

45

Q.

On Demand Hot Water-Point of Source

3

300.00

 

3

5

R.

Cisterns

1

750.00

 

1

14

Total Dollars Rebated

 

$20,559.00

 

$20,559.00

$1,096,417.01

Estimated Water Savings in Acre-Feet Annually*

 

 

1.668

1.668

213.500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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