Member Mathews asked what occurs if the city pumps more than it is entitled to. Mr. Carlson responded that the BEA (Basin Equity Assessment) monitors it and charges a penalty cost equivalent to supplementary water. The cost is equivalent to buying MWD water. If the City doesn't pump its allotted 75%, it will affect the overall cost of the city's water. To ensure that we reach the 75% maximum, we may occasionally go over by a few percentage points and pay the MWD cost.
Member Hoover asked the difference between production and sales. Mr. Carlson responded that the city averages an approximate 4.4% water loss. Water loss occurs due to water leakage, faulty water meters, and necessary hydrant flushing. The industry standard of water loss is 10% and Fullerton has a goal of only 6%. Mr. Carlson also added that water sales are hard to predict.
Member Hardwick asked about the status of the reservoir at Hillcrest Park. Mr. Carlson replied that six proposals were received from the feasibility study. On January 19, 1999, City Council will tentatively approve "Phase 1" and allow the reservoir to be drained in order to fully study the reservoir. The engineer will then do extensive testing and have a report ready by the end of 1999. A recommendation will be made to either rebuild or rehabilitate the reservoir. By the fall of 2001, construction will begin.
Following additional discussion, Mr. Carlson advised that toward the end of the study he would try to arrange to have the consultant address the Committee with any questions or concerns prior to the City Council meeting.
Mr. Carlson then quickly updated all members on the groundwater recharge system located in Fountain Valley. He advised that the draft EIR (Environmental Impact Report) report is now available and the program seems to be moving forward.
Chair McCarthy asked: 1) the make-up of the structure of the Board; 2) how are decisions made; 3) who is on the OCWD board; 4) what is the ERMC's role in approving a plan; and 5) do we have a responsibility or are they simply floating it out among their member agencies for review. Mr. Carlson answered that the City does have a representative but they are floating it out among their members and the board makes the decision. Fullerton does have a representative on the Board. No formal adoption takes place.
In closing, Mr. Carlson offered his help in arranging a tour to Water Factory 21 on February 17th, as well as arranging an all-day tour to the Eastside Reservoir, possibly in March or April. Mr. Carlson distributed a pamphlet that outlined MWD's Strategic Planning process.