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August Water News... From the Desk of Marlene King SFID Div. 3 Director

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August 18, 2016 SFID Board Meeting: The Board discussed the implementation of the Agricultural Rate approved at the May Board meeting, and it appears that a number of months will be required before staff reports back with a fully developed plan. Staff brought the Board up to date on discussions between the RSFCSD, the RSF Golf Club (RSFA), and SFID to provide reclaimed water to the RSF Golf Club. The next several months should find the SFID Board evaluating term sheets for this reclaimed water project.

Gov. Brown’s May 9, 2016 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life”, Executive Order is picking up steam. Staff reported that the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) held its first stakeholder meeting, and the San Diego County Water Authority has a seat at the table. The DWR is the State’s planning agency while the SWRCB has traditionally been the State’s regulatory agency. Although this past year found the SWRCB moving into the setting policy arena, rather than their traditional enforcing policy role, the DWR is firmly back in the saddle with respect to carrying out Gov. Brown’s May 9, 2016 Executive Order.

What might this mean for you? Plenty. DWR’s website, under “Water Use Efficiency”, has numerous documents about the 2015 Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). Click here to read through the 30+ page 2015 updated MWELO and you will soon conclude how the DWR might approach “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life”.

Download the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

The highly detailed MWELO affects property owners building a home or rehabilitating a landscape: “New construction with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 500 square feet requiring a building or landscape permit, plan check or design review; and “Rehabilitated landscape project with an aggregate landscape area equal to or greater than 2500 square feet requiring a building or landscape permit, plan check, or design review.” Cities were required to submit their planning documents for implementing the MWELO to the DWR last year. In SFID’s service area, the County of San Diego submitted their plan, but the City of Solana Beach has not. As we know, the Fairbanks Ranch Association and the Covenant have “local” design review committees, and it remains to be seen how (when?) the DWR requires consistent implementation of the MWELO throughout all of California.

Water Conservation was 17% for July 2016: SFID customers reduced their water use 17% the month of July, compared to July 2015 reduction of 47.5%...reductions based upon 2013 baseline year. SFID water bills sent out after August 1st were calculated on the new rates approved at the May 2016 Board meeting. The next yearly increase is set to be considered by the Board in the fall, with the second rate increase planned to be implemented the first of January 2017.

SFID Board Candidates for Div. 1: Two candidates filed papers with the Registrar of Voters to run for Greg Gruzdowich’s seat: Derek Clotfelter and Kenneth Dunford. Both candidates filed Candidate’s Statements with the Registrar, therefore voters in Division 1 will be able to read what these two candidates believe they will bring to the SFID Board.

There is also a contested election for Dir. Alan Smerican’s seat in Solana Beach. Div. 2 voters will be able to choose between Robert Feher and David G. Petree, who both filed Candidate’s Statements.