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Regional Water Issues

Next Meeting Agenda July 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Current Conservation Policy

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CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Valle Vista Rd – Johnson Lk Rd to 11445 Valle Vista Rd,

Serena Rd between 11858 & 11934, and

Vista Camino from Valle Vista Rd to 10721 Vista Camino

The District’s water main replacement project is scheduled to begin. The District will be replacing over 5,100 lineal feet of 1950s water main that has reached its life expectancy as part of our ongoing process to make the water system more reliable for generations to come. We would like to make all homeowners aware of what to expect during construction.

Contractors will begin the process by potholing the locations where work is to be done and setting up temporary high-line plumbing in order to keep everyone in water during the construction. After these initial processes are complete the actual main replacement will begin. This process will require traffic control or detours with the potential for short delays in your regular schedule. The contractors will do their best to ensure that any inconveniences are kept to a minimum.

Part of this process will involve moving or replacing water services. These situations do require a shutdown of your service for a minimal period of time. Either while being switched over to the temporary high line or during the return to the newly replaced water main. You will be notified whenever possible that an outage is to be expected. As with any construction work, there are times when unexpected problems occur and this could lead to either minimal notification or no notice at all that the water service is to be turned off for repairs. We strive to keep these situations to a minimum.  When the services are turned off for switch over there may be air introduced into the line. This is easily removed by opening an outside hose bib for a few moments to alleviate the air prior to entering the home. One item to note is that during this construction a larger than normal number of homes will be fed off high-lines. This can lead to low water pressure at high demand times (6-9AM & 5-7PM). If this affects you the best solution is to change watering schedules and/or utilize water devices at times outside these windows.

Once again, the contractor will attempt to make every part of the commute as easy as possible within the scope of the work area. Driveways will remain accessible throughout the project, with the possibility of a momentary delay while the contractor ensures the drivers safety.

Prior to the start of this job Lakeside Water District crews have installed valves that will prepare for the start of this work. Throughout the project the roadway will be temporarily repaired with “cold mix” asphalt. When the job is complete a final “base pave” and “cap”, a two phase system will be the final product. This project is scheduled to be completed in under 190 days.

Any questions or concerns can be sent to QuinnJ@lakesidewater.org or I can be reached at the office number (619)443-3805.

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Newly Elected Board Members Sworn in at December Meeting

Congratulations goes to two incumbent board members who were sworn in to serve new four year terms at our December 4, 2018 Board of Director’s meeting. Division 2 incumbent Director Pete Jenkins was sworn in for his third term to serve Division 2, which includes the eastern area of the District from the central portion of Lakeside east to Lake Jennings Park Road and east of Los Coches Road. Director Jenkins is a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and has been a valuable asset during his time serving the district. He looks forward to implementing effective solutions to increase groundwater production, in addition to asset management and controlling water rates.

Our second director sworn in, is six term board member Frank Hilliker, representing Division 3, located east of Wintergardens Blvd and to the southerly and western area of Los Coches Road into the Via Diego and Gay Rio area. Director Hilliker was also appointed to a third six year term as the District’s representative on the San Diego County Water Authority Board. The San Diego County Water Authority serves as the County’s water wholesaler and the 36 member board is instrumental in maintaining a stable and cost effective water supply to the Water Authority’s 24 member agencies in San Diego County. Director Hilliker is the president of Hilliker Egg Ranch and is active in many organizations in Lakeside and East County, also representing farmers at the State level. Frank is committed to controlling water rates and strives to fulfil his goal on both the Lakeside WD Board and the Water Authority Board, and looks forward to maintaining the Districts infrastructure with an efficient and cost effective District operation.

Good luck to Pete and Frank as they enter their new terms to serve the community and the Lakeside Water District.

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New State Water-Use Efficiency Regulations

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 606 and Assembly Bill 1668 on May 31, 2018, which set into motion bills that are intended to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by directing state agencies to adopt regulations related to water-use efficiency for the first time in the state’s history.

AB 1668 sponsored by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and SB 606 sponsored by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), will implement strict water use limits by June 30, 2022; Together, the two bills establish an indoor, per-person water use goal of 55 gallons per day until 2025 when the limit decreases to 52.5 gallons per day until 2030, and then decreases to 50 gallons per day thereafter. It will be the responsibility of water agencies to work with users to meet the goals.

The laws will also mandate that the state create incentives and objectives for water suppliers to recycle water, and also require urban and agricultural water suppliers to set annual water budgets.

The Department of Water Resources and State Water Resources Control Board will hold hearings with outdoor water agencies and recommend standards that are more flexible, since these agencies have water plans that vary greatly depending on their size and location.

To dispel some inaccurate information that followed shortly after the signing, there is no statewide mandate for individuals to reduce indoor water use to 55 gallons per person per day. The 55 gallon figure is a piece of a complex calculation to set overall water-use objectives for water agencies starting in late 2023.

Potential fines outlined in the new state laws are for water agencies, not for individuals. Under the law, water agencies have discretion about how to achieve state objectives given local conditions.

Continued adoption of water-efficient technology in appliances, irrigation components and other devices, along with mandatory water use restrictions passed in 2017 will allow for a fairly easy transition to comply with the upcoming use requirements.

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