Meeting Date:

October 21, 2013





David J. Stoldt,




General Manager

Line Item No.:


Prepared By:

Stephanie Pintar

Cost Estimate:



General Counsel Review:  Completed

Committee Recommendation: On October 9, 2013, the Water Demand Committee referred this ordinance to the Board.

CEQA Compliance: An Initial Study and Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration have been circulated. The comment period ends October 21, 2013.


SUMMARY:  Draft Ordinance No. 156 (Exhibit 12-A) clarifies and amends definitions and processes related to Water Permitting and the District’s conservation programs. The ordinance responds to the Board’s strategic planning goals to streamline and improve the permit process and communication and outreach. The draft ordinance also makes needed rule amendments that have been identified by staff during the normal course of business. The ordinance was reviewed by the Water Demand Committee on October 9, 2013, and by the Technical Advisory Committee on October 17, 2013.


A Notice of Intent to File a Negative Declaration was filed with the County Recorder in September, and the comment period ends October 21, 2013. Staff will report on responses during the public hearing. The Board will consider the Negative Declaration at second reading.


DISCUSSION:  The following amendments are proposed in the draft ordinance:


1.                  Section 3 amends the definitions in District Rule 11 for the following terms: Change of Use, Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Landscape Water Audit, Landscape Water Budget and Shower, Separate Stall. Definitions for “California Landscape Contractors Association” and “Meter Split” have been added.


2.                  Sections 4 and 8 amend District Rules 20 and 24 to allow the replacement or installation of a Standard Bathtub in place of a shower stall, and vice versa. Exchanging these fixtures without first obtaining or amending a Water Permit occurs regularly and often does not involve permits with the Jurisdiction. The effort involved with permitting this exchange in fixtures by the District is burdensome on the public and does not result in a change in the Water Use Capacity of the Bathroom.


3.                  Section 5 amends District Rule 23 to clarify metering requirements and exemptions. The District mandates the use of individual Water Measuring Devices in New Structures and in New Construction.


4.                  Section 6 amends District Rule 23 to require public access to water records (at no additional charge) as a condition of all Water Permits.


5.                  Section 7 amends District Rule 23 to clarify the requirement for a tee on the customer side of the Water Measuring Device to supply water for domestic use (one line) and for fire suppression (the other line). A diagram depicting this requirement is available at MPWMD.


6.                  Section 8 amends District Rule 24 to increase the fixture unit value of an Ultra-Low Flush Toilet by 1/1,000th of an Acre-Foot from 1.7 fixture units (or 0.017 Acre-Foot (AF)) to 1.8 fixture units (or 0.018 AF). This amendment results in an increase to the high efficiency appliance credit (Rule 25.5, Table 4) for High Efficiency Toilets from 0.4 fixture units to 0.5 fixture units. 


7.                  Section 9 amends District Rule 25.5 to continue the high efficiency appliance credit (Rule 24, Table 4) for High Efficiency Toilets. Although State Law requires all the sale and installation of High Efficiency Toilets after January 1, 2014, this amendment continues an incentive to replace existing Ultra-Low Flush Toilets and higher volume flush toilets, thereby achieving greater water savings. District Rule 144-C currently provides an exemption to the Water Permit and conservation toilet retrofit requirements for existing Ultra-Low Flush Toilets until December 31, 2016.


8.                  Section 10 amends District Rule 25.5 to clarify that a Limitation of Use of Water on a Property deed restriction is required when a Water Use Credit is used to offset an Intensification or Expansion of Use. The rule is further amended to exempt offsets made using credit from High Efficiency Toilets from the deed restriction due to the restriction on higher flush volume toilets after January 1, 2014 (Health & Safety Code §17921.3).


9.                  Section 11 amends District Rule 25.5 to allow a record of eight years of water records rather than ten when documenting Non-Residential Water Use Credit for retrofits with Ultra-Low Consumption Technology. This amendment is necessary due to California American Water’s record retention system.


10.              Section 12 amends District Rule 141 to add a Rebate for Ultra-Low Flush Toilet, High Efficiency Toilet and Ultra High Efficiency Toilet flappers. The periodic replacement of flappers is encouraged to reduce potentially undetected leaks.


11.              Section 13 also adds a $50 Rebate for replacement of Ultra-Low Flush Toilets with High Efficiency Toilets. The lower Rebate is justified due to implementation of amendments to the Health and Safety Code §17921.3 that mandates the sale and installation of High Efficiency Toilets in California after January 1, 2014.


12.              Section 14 amends language related to mandatory inspection of Lawn removal and Cistern Rebate applications. Mandatory inspections are not necessary in many cases when there is sufficient evidence to determine if a Site qualifies for a Rebate. Often this evidence is available with District GIS and/or Internet resources and/or clear and convincing evidence provided by the Applicant.


13.              Section 15 amends language in the Landscape Water Audit process in keeping with the revised definition of Landscape Irrigation Auditor.


RECOMMENDATION:  Staff recommends the Board approve the first reading of Ordinance No. 156.


IMPACTS ON STAFF/RESOURCES:  Adoption of this ordinance will incur some expense related to programming changes in the water demand database and expenses related to filing CEQA documents. These expenditures were included in the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 budget.



12-A    Draft Ordinance No. 156