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Next Meeting Agenda March 7, 2017 at 5:30 PMNewly Elected Board Members Sworn in at December Meeting
Congratulations goes to two incumbent board members and one newly elected board member who were sworn in at our December 6, 2016 Board of Director’s meeting. Division 1 incumbent Director Eileen Neumeister was sworn in for her eighth term. Division 1 includes the western portion of the District from Eucalyptus Hills to the Woodside Avenue area. Director Neumeister is a former fire sprinkler system contract and project design specialist, and has been a valuable asset during her time serving the district. She looks forward to implementing effective solutions to hot button issues such as drought management and supply sustainability, in addition to asset management and controlling water rates.
Also sworn in was Steve Robak who was elected to represent Division 4 which encompasses the eastern area of the District from Eucalyptus Hills, the Moreno area, to the northern portion of downtown Lakeside. Director Robak is the owner and operator of a plumbing repair, and infrastructure investigation company, established in 1994 and brings a working knowledge of water delivery systems; design, troubleshooting and repair. Director Robak looks forward to serving the rate payers of Lakeside, and keeping water rates as low as possible, while continuing to improve the infrastructure and deliver water reliably.
Our third director sworn in, is three term Board member Steve Johnson representing Division 5 located west of Wintergardens Blvd and Gay Rio Drive, and south to Royal Road. Director Johnson was a board member with the Riverview Water District prior to their consolidation with Lakeside Water District in 2006, and then elected to the Lakeside Board in 2008. Director Johnson, an estimator with a large east county roofing contractor is excited to continue to serve the community and looks forward to maintaining the Districts infrastructure with an efficient and cost effective District operation. Good luck to all of the Directors as they enter their new terms to serve the community and Lakeside Water District.
LAKESIDE WATER DISTRICT BOARD EASES DROUGHT LEVEL CONDITION TO VOLUNTARY RESPONSE LEVEL 1
The Lakeside Water District Board of Directors voted at the July 5, 2016 meeting to reduce the District’s Drought Level Response from “Level 2 – Drought Alert” mandatory conservation to “Level 1 – Drought Watch”, which requires voluntary conservation. Our customers have exceeded the Governors requirement to conserve 20% water use as compared to 2013 and have done so by 5%. In April 2015 Governor Brown ordered varied conservation levels across the State to conserve 25% statewide over 2013 usage levels. The Emergency Order started June 2015 and continued until February 29, 2016. Statewide usage dropped slightly below the 25% mandate, but Lakeside exceeded our requirement every month except two months, averaging 25% water savings over the twelve month period. The total water saved to meet the mandate in Lakeside was nearly 300 million gallons, which was 65 million more than required.
The State Water Resources Control Board at their May 2016 meeting allowed for Water Agencies to self-certify their supply outlook for a three year period and then determine any conservation needed to meet the supply outlook. We have submitted certification to show that we have a 100% supply projection and can support a 0% percent mandated reduction.
This reduction is due to your investment in the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, a drought resilient supply source that has been producing 50 million gallons per day since December and now accounts for 7% to 10% of our supply into the County. I want to emphasize that your investment into this local drought resilient supply has forced the State to recognize our new supply source and allow our customers to relax their conservation efforts just a bit, to help your stressed trees, shrubs and landscapes become healthy again.