Chairman McNelly called the meeting to order at 7:00 a.m.
Adamson, McNelly, Hardwick, Twineham, McCormack, Mitchell, Murphy, Roberts
Water System Manager, Dave Schickling, Assistant Planner Sowers, Clerical Support Norton
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Minutes of May 18, 2005 with spelling of Hartwick corrected to Hardwick
a. Urban Water Management Plan - Presentation of Update by Dave Schickling, Water System Manager and Lorrie Lausten, Associate Water Engineer.
Chairman McNelly introduced Dave Schickling who presented the 2005 Water Management Plan (UWMP). Mr. Schickling said the Urban Water Management Act or Assembly Bill 797 was enacted in 1983 and became effective in January 1, 1984. The States mandates that urban water suppliers who supply more than 3,000 acre feet of water or have more than 3,000 customers adopt an Urban Water Management Plan. Fullerton has had plans in the years 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000. The 2005 plan is an update of the 2000 plan.
The highlights of the plan include: The sources of water - ground water managed by the Orange County Water District and imported water managed by The Metropolitan Water District. These two districts do extensive regional planning. Fullerton makes predictions on the future water use for the next 20 years based on the District's Regional Plan. The prediction is that Fullerton will have a sufficient water supply. That prediction is based on dry year droughts and by water conservation.
According to Mr. Schickling, water usage is declining. However, a new Water Shortage Contingency plan is in progress. The report talks about Water Conservation Measures which include the 14 best management practices.
November 3 will begin the public notification and the 30-day public review process. November 16 the Committee will have a chance to ask questions, make comments, and recommend adoption of the report. December 6 the report will go to the City Council, and on December 31 is due to be submitted to the Department of Water Resources.
The following questions were raised.
What are the monetary penalties for water usage during a drought? Mr. Schickling said that the Emergency Water Conservation Plan talks about penalties for wasting water saying people can be cited. Wasn't there a change in the formula? The Orange County Water District sets a pumping amount based on the levels that are in the basin. This year it is 64% which means 64% of the water can be pumped from our wells. It is anticipated that our pumping percentage will increase to around 70%. It has been as high as 75%. Does the report address any of the contamination issues in regard to the plumes in some of the industrial areas? The Urban Water Management Plan Report does not specifically address plumes. When the ground water replenishment system comes on line will that have any effect on Fullerton's quotient of the project? It is estimated that 70,000 feet of water will recharge a year from the ground water replenishment system. Is there any kind of prediction that people might be more conservative with water usage with the increase in fees? People in general are being more water conservative. Will there be an indexing on the sewer fee in relation to the increases in water? Increases in the water rate would be independent of the sewer charge. Will the Emergency Water Conservation Plan be revised in time for the Council's approval? Mr. Schickling said it would not, but an amendment can be made if there were additional recommendations. A copy of the plan will be delivered to each Committee Member for their review
Have the new residential developments had any impact on water usage. Mr. Schickling said that because of some of the industries that the residential developments replaced, the water usage has actually gone down but the sewer use has increased. What about water meters - have residents talked about dual-metering in order to have a more accurate reading. Mr. Schickling said it is cost prohibitive and there is a high maintenance cost. The cost for multi-family and irrigation use is 15, but this figure is not used to calculate the sewer rate. Significant changes have been made to the plan from last year. The summary identifies those changes.
How does Fullerton's water standup as far as taste and drink ability in comparison to other cities, and how is Fullerton fighting the perception that bottle water is better? Fullerton would get an A+ and is definitely cheaper than bottled water. But because of the taste due to chlorination it is difficult to get rid of the bottle water image.
In answer to a question regarding reservoir feeders at Hillcrest Park, Mr. Schickling explained that the feeder that enters the creek acts as drainage for the reservoir and explained the purpose and process of the feeders. The new reservoir in the process of being built will enable the city to store more water. What is being used to bleach out the chlorine in the water? Mr. Schickling said that sodium thiosulfate in tablet form is used. The Regional Quality Control Board has strict regulations on what can be put into channels that have wildlife.
b. Meeting scheduling and total membership - Discuss consideration of a reduced meeting schedule and total membership.
The Committee suggested that the meeting be held 2 days to a week closer to either of the City Council meetings and that the meeting time be changed to 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm. to encourage public participation; but that the Committee continue to meet monthly.
Associate Planner Sowers explained that holding the ERMC meeting the day after the second City Council meeting of the month would allow more time for staff to prepare for the next meeting and for that reason staff would prefer not to change to the day. However, the time is open to change.
With no further comments a motion was made to adjourn.
The next ERMC meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2005.