September 15, 2016 Board Meeting Actions:
- The Santa Fe Irrigation District Board is nearing the finish line in establishing protocols for the Agricultural rate adopted in May. Customers qualifying for the Agriculture rate, who do not have a dedicated agriculture water meter, can purchase and install sub-meters, but the process for reporting sub-meter numbers and capturing the administrative costs to invoice sub-meter usage has yet to be finalized.
- The Board voted 4-0 (Dir. Daddi absent) to approve the newest Recycled Water Purchase Agreement with the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority. Recycled water currently provided to the District’s western service area is produced at the San Elijo JPA Manchester Avenue treatment plant, and distributed through SFID lines. The approved agreement establishes yearly recycled water rate increases through 2021.
- The Board was informed of the status of discussions amongst the SFID, RSFCSD, and the RSFGolf Club to provide recycled water to the RSF Golf Club. While many golf courses purchase “standard” tertiary reclaimed water that has TDS levels of 1000/ppm, the RSF Golf Club desires recycled water with TDS levels of 700/ppm, requiring an extra process of reverse osmosis filtering. This additional RO process requires brine disposal, and disposing of this brine has yet to be ironed out. The RSFCSD is hopeful that agreements can be reached to pipe the brine to the San Elijo JPA facility for disposal.
Monthly Water Usage Continues to Rise: August’s water usage increased over July. August was 13% lower than the August 2013 baseline year. (If you recall, July’s usage was 17% lower than July 2013.)
Gov. Brown’s “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life”: G.M. Bardin reported that the Dept. of Water Resources is moving at “bullet train” speed meet their January 2017 target to formulate a plan to reduce urban water use. The overriding theme continues to be the establishment of water budgets for each retail water provider in our State.
Rainfall Reminder: State law requires you turn off outside irrigation 48 hours after measurable rain.
Run the rapids of the Grand Canyon from the comfort of your home: U.C. Davis has produced a wonderful educational video of their 2016 raft trip through the Grand Canyon, accessible through the following link: grandcanyon.ucdavis.edu
This link is chock full of thoughtful geology and hydrology instruction. For those of you with female children and grandchildren, it is particularly important because it models female scientists in the field. There are oodles of links to historical information/photos on dam construction, etc. U.C. Davis did a bang-up job of making their 2016 rafting trip through the Grand Canyon as complete an experience as Go-Pro cameras could provide…you’ll find yourself rearing back from the computer screen as they shoot the rapids!
If you have questions or comments, contact Marlene King at 759-1306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.