April 13, 2015
Chairperson, State Water Resources Control Board
Attn: Jessica Bean
1001 I Street, 24th Floor
Sacramento CA 95814
Subject: YLWD Comments on the Mandatory Conservation Proposed Regulatory Framework
Dear Chairperson Marcus,
The purpose of this letter is to provide information concerning the impact of this regulation relative to our District, identify policy calculations that disproportionally affect our District’s customers, and finally offer recommendations that achieve the desired results in a fair manner.
YLWD has a 106 year history of serving the region (primarily with groundwater), which has transformed from agriculture to a bedroom community. This change has resulted in large parcels and open spaces, in what is considered arid and rugged terrain that is highly desirable for its scenic beauty. Water use is down significantly from our agricultural days, but is still higher than more densely populated urban areas. We understand everyone’s sense of fairness differs, but comparing residential gallons per capita day (R-GPCD) data without weighing it based upon considerations including land use, precipitation, temperature, and population growth, fails any definition of fairness. On one hand a sliding scale is used to determine YLWD’s Conservation Standard at 35%, but a sliding scale is not used in the calculation of our R-GPCD. Consequently, we feel the draft Standard for YLWD is unreasonable.
From Municipal Water District of Orange County:
(Fountain Valley, CA) – Today, at 3 p.m., over one million Orange County residents will receive a call, text or email testing the County’s regional mass notification system, known as AlertOC. This test will include 26 participating cities and local water agencies throughout the County.
The AlertOC drill will replicate a large scale, regional emergency requiring thousands of residents and businesses throughout Orange County to be called simultaneously. The phone message will clearly indicate that the message residents are receiving is a test, and it will provide information on how to register additional contact methods, such as cell phone, text message and email. The regional test message will be delivered in conjunction with a reminder that California is in a serious drought and all residents need to use water wisely.
As part of the AlertOC drill, the County’s emergency public information hotline will be activated from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to provide preparedness tips, water supply information, water saving tips and other emergency related information. Residents are invited to call 714-628-7085 with questions on how to adequately prepare their home or business for an emergency or how to take actions in response to the State’s emergency drought declaration.
This test exercise is organized by the Water Emergency Response Organization of Orange County (WEROC) in conjunction with Orange County Cities, Water Utilities and the County. WEROC coordinates emergency response and mutual aid planning for all Orange County water and wastewater agencies. Emergencies can happen at any time. The County, cities, and local water utilities in Orange County use the AlertOC system to notify residents and businesses of critical life and health safety information when a disaster occurs.
For more information, or to register additional contact methods, visit www.AlertOC.com. To learn how to save water during this ongoing drought, please visit, www.ocwatersmart.com, follow us on Facebook at WEROC, or Twitter @OCWEROC.
There is a myth perpetrated among manufacturers of disposable 'wet wipes' that deems some of these products as flushable. Don't believe it.
Today, you can find almost any type of cleaning product in the form of a convenient pop-up disposable cleaning cloth. These products such as baby wipes, shop cloths, dusters, sweeper and general disinfectant wipes, even if labeled "flushable," should not be flushed down the drain. The materials used to manufacture these wipes do not degrade or break down in the sewer system.
"We advise our customers not to put anything other than human waste or toilet paper down the toilet," said John DeCriscio, YLWD Operations Manager. "The toilet is only meant to flush the three P's– pee, poop and paper.
The Yorba Linda Water District (YLWD; the District) board of directors elected the 2015 board officers at its December 23rd meeting. The Board unanimously voted to elect Ric Collett as board president.
"I am honored to be selected to serve as president and I am excited for the year ahead as we move the District forward under the leadership of our new General Manager," said Collett, calling for a workshop in early 2015. "We as a District need to look to the future with the Board focusing on what we as a District need to accomplish and staff focused on making it happen."
President Collett served as the Board's 2014 vice president and was elected to the Board in November 2004.
Director Mike Beverage was also appointed Board vice president.
YLWD’s Board is composed of five Directors elected At-large from the District service area.