ITEM:

INFORMATIONAL ITEM/STAFF REPORTS

 

20.

WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM REPORT

 

Meeting Date:

October 21, 2013

Budgeted:

N/A

 

From:

David J. Stoldt,

Program/

N/A

 

General Manager

Line Item No.:

 

Prepared By:

Gabriela Ayala

Cost Estimate:

N/A

 

General Counsel Review:N/A

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I.       MANDATORY WATER CONSERVATION RETROFIT PROGRAM

District Regulation XIV requires the retrofit of water fixtures upon Change of Ownership or Use with Ultra-Low Flush Toilets (ULF) (1.6 gallons-per-flush), 2.0 gallons-per-minute (gpm) Showerheads, 2.2 gpm faucet aerators, 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 often conducted to verify compliance.

 

A.    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.Details on 144 property transfers that occurred in September 2013, were entered into the database.††

 

B.     Certification

The District received 62 WCCs between September 1, 2013 and September 31, 2013.Data on ownership, transfer date, and status of water efficiency standard compliance were entered into the database.

 

C.     Verification

In September, 126 inspections were performed to verify compliance with Rule 144 (Retrofit Upon Change of Ownership or Use). Of the 126 inspections performed, 101 (80%) were in compliance. Seven of the properties that passed inspection involved more than visit to verify compliance with all water efficiency standards.

 

District inspectors have also been tracking toilet replacement with High Efficiency Toilets (HET) in place of ULF toilets.These retrofits are occurring in remodels and new construction, and are the toilet of choice for Rule 144 compliance.State law mandates the sale and installation of HET by January 1, 2014, with a phase-in period that began in 2010.The majority of toilets sold in California are HET.

Savings Estimate

Water savings from HET retrofits triggered by Rule 144 verified in September 2013 are estimated at 0.980 acre-feet annually (AFA).Water savings from retrofits that exceeded requirements (i.e., HETs to Ultra High Efficiency Toilets) is estimated at 0.090 AFA (9 toilets).Year-to-date estimated savings occurring as a result of toilet retrofits is 16.298 AFA.

 

  1. Water Waste Response

There were three Water Waste complaints reported by the public. Staff made several verbal contacts in the field after observing Water Waste. Follow-up letters are sent as needed to respond to Water Waste.

 

II.    WATER DEMAND MANAGEMENT

 

A.    Permit Processing

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 57 Water Permits in September 2013.Twelve Water Permits was issued using water entitlements (Macomber, Pebble Beach Company, Griffin Estates, etc).No Water Permits involved a debit to a Public Water Credit Account.

 

All Water Permit applicants have received a disclaimer informing them of the Cease and Desist Order against California American Water and that MPWMD reports Water Permit details to California American Water.Disclaimers will continue to be provided to all Water Permit recipients with property supplied by a California American Water Distribution System.

 

District Rule 24-3-A allows the addition of a second Bathroom in an existing Single-Family Dwelling on a Single-Family Residential Site. Of the 57 Water Permits issued in September, three were issued under this provision.

 

B.     Permit Compliance

District staff completed 83 Water Permit final inspections during September 2013. Twenty-three of the final inspections failed due to unpermitted fixtures. Of the 50 properties that were in compliance, 43 passed on the first visit. In addition, eight pre-inspections were conducted in response to Water Permit applications received by the District.

 

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.In the month of September, the District prepared 18 deed restrictions.Of the 57 Water Permits issued in September, 11 (19%) required deed restrictions.District staff provided Notary services for 17 Water Permits or deed restrictions.††††


 

III. JOINT MPWMD/CAW REBATE PROGRAM

 

The Water Conservation Rebate Program for customers of California American Water was reinstated as of November 19, 2012, when funding became available. District staff continues to meet with local community organizations to advertise the program.

 

Participation in the rebate program is detailed in the following chart. The table below indicates the program summary for California American Water Company.

 

 

REBATE PROGRAM SUMMARY

September-2013

2013 YTD

1997 - Present

I

Application Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Applications Received

231

2255

15224

 

B.

Applications Approved

167

1751

11837

 

C.

Single Family Applications

222

2037

13613

 

D.

Multi-Family Applications

4

85

806

 

E.

Non-Residential Applications

5

49

50

II

Types of Fixtures Rebated

Quantity

Paid

 

Estimated Savings

 

 

 

A.

SFD HET

23

3,993.49

0.960204

306

1921

 

B.

SFD ULF to HET

56

10,413.20

0.560000

260

350

 

C.

UHET

4

937.39

0.040000

9

9

 

D.

SFD HE DW

37

4,625.00

0.111000

311

1523

 

E.

SFD HEW 5.0 or less Water Factor

56

27,815.46

0.901600

798

3353

 

F.

Instant Access Hot Water Systems

4

799.00

 

28

133

 

G.

On Demand Hot Water-Point of Source

1

100.00

 

9

42

 

H.

Cisterns

0

0.00

 

75.72

145.72

 

I.

Smart Controllers

0

0.00

 

6.9

54

 

J.

Residential Zero Water Using Urinals

0

0.00

 

0

2

 

K.

Residential Soil Sensors

0

0.00

 

0

2

 

L.

Lawn Removal & Replacement

0

0.00

 

8

123

 

M.

Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles

0

0.00

 

40

91

 

N.

MFD HET

0

0.00

0.000000

45

560

 

O.

MFD ULF to HET

1

98.00

0.010000

36

38

 

P.

MFD HE DW

0

0.00

0.000000

8

49

 

Q.

MFD HEW 5.0 or less Water Factor

3

1,500.00

0.048300

29

102

 

R.

MFD Common Laundry

0

0.00

0.000000

4

7

 

S.

Non-Residential - HET

21

2,184.00

0.876708

56

406

 

T.

Non-Residential - ULF to HET

0

0.00

0.000000

38

28

 

U.

Non-Residential - UHET

3

599.94

0.030000

29

30

 

V.

Non-Residential HE Dishwasher

1

125.00

0.003000

2

7

 

W.

Non-Residential HEW-Residential Grade 5.0 or less

0

0.00

0.000000

14

77

 

X.

Non-Residential HEW-Commercial Grade 5.0 or less

0

0.00

0.000000

19

19

 

Y.

Non-Residential Zero Water Using Urinals

0

0.00

0.000000

4

131

 

Y.

Non-Residential Ice Machines

0

0.00

0.000000

2

2

III

Rebate Refund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

0

0.00

0.000000

0

23

 

Non-Residential

0

0.00

0.000000

0

0

IV

Total Dollars Rebated

 

$53,190.48

 

$672,288.86

$2,931,682.79

V

Estimated Water Savings in Acre-Feet Annually*

 

 

 

3.540812

40.904

361.707

* Retrofit savings are estimated at 0.041748 AF/HET; 0.01 AF/UHET; 0.01 AF/ULF to HET; 0.003 AF/dishwasher, 0.0161 AF/residential washer; 0.116618 AF/commercial washer; 0.0082 AF/100 square feet of lawn removal.

 

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