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GSWC Orange County District Public Meeting Water Shortage Plan . June 10, 2009 5:30 p.m. . Introductions. Agenda Background: Frank Heldman, District Manager Summary of 14.1 Filing: John Garon, Regulatory Affairs Manager Water Use Efficiency Tips: Albert Frias, Conservation Coordinator

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GSWC Orange County District Public Meeting Water Shortage Plan

June 10, 2009

5:30 p.m.


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Introductions

  • Agenda

    • Background: Frank Heldman, District Manager

    • Summary of 14.1 Filing: John Garon, Regulatory Affairs Manager

    • Water Use Efficiency Tips: Albert Frias, Conservation Coordinator

  • About Golden State Water Company (GSWC)

    • Provided water to Californians for 80 years

    • Serves one million people in more than 75 communities

    • Regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission

    • Annual Water Quality Report provides additional accountability

    • Customer service and information available 24 hours a day at 1-800-999-4033 and www.gswater.com


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  • Background

  • Golden State Water Company’s

  • Water Shortage Plans

  • Frank Heldman, District Manager


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Background

Drought and Pumping Restrictions

  • California is in the third year of a drought

  • Water storage in the state's major reservoirs and runoff projections remain well below average

  • Environmental restrictions on pumping water from the Delta to protect Delta Smelt


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Background

Impact on Local GSWC Water Supply

  • GSWC buys approximately 38 percent of its wholesale water from the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDC) for its more than 42,200 customers in the county

  • MWDC will implement mandatory water use allocations for all retailers including GSWC beginning July 1, 2009

  • If GSWC exceeds its allocation from MWDC, it will be assessed penalties

  • To meet its MWDC allocation, GSWC will ask its Orange County customers to reduce water usage by 6 percent beginning July 1, compared to historical average usage

  • The plan requires California Public Utilities Commission approval

  • If approved, fines and suspension of service may occur for customers who repeatedly violate a list of water use restrictions


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Where Southern CaliforniaGets its Water

Water Banking / ExchangesTransfers & Storage

Local Supplies

LA Aqueduct

State Water Project Supplies

Colorado River Aqueduct Supplies

Conservation

Local Supplies

Groundwater & Recycling


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Water Supply Conditions

*Based on 15% Initial Table-A Allocation


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Metropolitan Storage Reserves

~2.8 MAF

~2.3 MAF

~1.7 MAF

~2.2 MAF

~ 1.7 MAF

~ 1.0 MAF

~670 TAF

~670 TAF

~670 TAF

Estimated January 2009

January 2007

January 2008


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Water Supply Allocation Penalty Rates

  • Up to 115%:

  • Applicable rate +2 X Tier 2

  • Over 115%:

  • Applicable rate +4 X Tier 2

  • Discount in recognition of Preferential Rights:1 X Tier 2

* Untreated Tier 2 Rate is $528/AF in 2009


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Summary

Golden State Water Company’s

Rule and Schedule 14.1

John Garon, Regulatory Affairs Manager


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Plan Summary

“Rule” 14.1

  • Outlines conservation measures

    • Voluntary conservation

      • GSWC asked customers to voluntarily reduce water by 20% beginning in October 2008

    • Mandatory conservation and rationing

    • Procedures on how to file for Schedule 14.1 (Mandatory Conservation)

  • PUC accepting public comments

    • Tariff Unit, Water Division, 3rd floor

    • California Public Utilities Commission,

    • 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

    • E-mail: water_division@cpuc.ca.gov


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Plan Summary

“Schedule” 14.1

  • Used for Mandatory Conservation and Rationing

  • Detailed outline of Mandatory Conservation and Rationing Program

  • Contains fines and penalties

  • Unauthorized and non-essential water use in Rule 14.1 becomes mandatory


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Plan Summary

Seven Stages of Plan

Footnote – In Stages 1 through 7, fines will exist for repeatedly violating water use restrictions.


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Plan Summary

How GSWC Will Determine Each Customer’s Allocation

  • Three-year history (2004-2006)

  • Percent of reduction varies depending on Stage

  • Customers using 5 Ccf or less a month are exempted

  • Current and future allocations will be printed on billing statements

  • Exception process will allow customers opportunity to apply for adjustment


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Plan Summary

How Each Customer’s Allocation

Will Appear on Billing Statements


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Plan Summary

Penalties for Going Over Allocation

  • 1st stage – No penalty

  • All other stages

    • Regular rate plus two times current quantity rate on the R3-1-R and R3-1-NR tarifffor usage over allocation up to 15%

    • Regular rate plus three times current quantity rate on the R3-1-R and R3-1-NR tariff for usage that is 15% or more over allocation

    • The penalties GSWC issues to customers are designed to be revenue neutral and only cover costs GSWC incurs from exceeding its reduced MWDC allocation


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Plan Summary

Examples of Non-Essential

and Unauthorized Use

  • Use of water resulting in excessive run-off in gutters, waterways, patios, driveways or streets

  • Use of water through broken or defective plumbing, sprinkler, watering or irrigation systems

  • Use of hose for outside areas for landscaping without an automatic shut-off valve

  • Complete listing of unauthorized use is available at meeting tonight in the copy of our 14.1 filing


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Plan Summary

Fines for Non-Essential

and Unauthorized Use

  • 1st offense – warning issued

  • 2nd offense and every offense after

    • Stage 1 & 2: $50

    • Stage 3: $100

    • Stage 4: $150

    • Stage 5: $200

    • Stage 6: $250

    • Stage 7: $300

  • If offense continues

    • Low flow restrictors installed

    • Disconnect


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Plan Summary

Flow Restrictor Charges

  • 5/8” to 1” - $100

  • 1-1/2” to 2” - $150

  • 3” or larger - $200



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Golden State Water Company

Water Efficiency Tips

Albert Frias, Water Conservation Coordinator


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Topics of Discussion

  • Water Use Efficiency – Water Conservation

  • How Much Water Do We Use?

  • How Can We Save Water?

  • Rebates Available


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What is Water Use Efficiency?

  • Using Water Efficiently and Effectively

  • Lowering your water needs but achieving the same results

  • Using water only when needed or necessary



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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

High-Efficiency Toilets

  • Older toilets use between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush

  • High-Efficiency Toilets use 1.28 gallons per flush

  • Average savings of 2.2 gallons per flush!


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

“Toilet Tummy”

  • Globally recognized water-saving device

  • Simple and easy to use water-saving device

  • Average savings of 0.625 – 1.25 gallons per flush!


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer

  • Washing machines use an average

    of 40.9 gallons of water per load

  • High-efficiency clothes washers use an average of 24 gallons per load

  • Average savings of 16.9 gallons per load!


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

Low-Flow Shower Heads

  • Older showerheads have an average flow rate of 5 gallons per minute

  • Low-flow showerheads have an average flow rate of 2 gallons per minute

  • Average savings of 15 gallons per 5-minute shower


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

Low-Flow Aerators

  • Standard aerators have an average flow rate of 3 gallons per minute

  • Low-flow aerators have an average flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute

  • Average savings of 3-gallons per use based on a 2-minute usage period


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

Fix Leaks!

  • Estimated faucet leakage rates

  • Drips30 drips per minute = 4.32 gallons per day

    60 drips per minute = 8.64 gallons per day90 drips per minute = 12.96 gallons per day120 drips per minute = 17.28 gallons per day


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How Can We Save Water Indoors?

  • Fix Leaky Toilets!

  • Silent leaks

    • Will waste from 30 to 500 gallons of water per day!

  • Dye test

  • Replace flapper – flush valve


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How Can We Save Water Outdoors?

  • Water your yard only before 8 a.m. to reduce evaporation and wind interference

    • Save up to 25 gallons per day

  • Install a smart sprinkler controller

    • Save up to 40 gallons per day

  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks

    • Save up to 150 gallons each time

  • Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads

    • Save up to 16 gallons per day


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Conservation Programs

Residential and Commercial Rebates

UPDATE: (GSWC customers within Metropolitan Water District service area)

  • Due to high demand, the Metropolitan Water District, our major partner for rebate funds in many of our customer service areas in Southern California, has allocated all of the rebates for its fiscal year that ends June 30.

  • No further rebate reservations are available at this time. However, after July 1, check our Web site for rebates on washers, toilets, and other devices.


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Useful Web sites

  • www.gswater.com

  • www.bewaterwise.com

  • www.ccwater.com

  • www.H2ouse.org

  • www.cuwcc.org

  • www.water.ca.gov/drought

  • www.Planetgreen.discovery.com


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Contacts

  • 24-hour Customer Service

    • 1-800-999-4033 or gswater.com

  • Water Use Efficiency Manager

    • Edwin DeLeon 909.394.3600 X683

    • Edeleon@gswater.com

  • Conservation Coordinator

    • Albert Frias 909.394.3600 X745

    • albertfrias@gswater.com


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Conservation Rates

  • Approved by Commission in August 2008

  • Implemented in November 2008

  • Main features:

    • Lower monthly service charge so a larger portion of your bill is based on water consumption, giving you more control over your bills

    • Tiered, or increasing block rates, have a higher unit price for usages in the higher block, providing an incentive for customers to use water efficiently

    • Separate rates for Residential and Non-Residential Customers

      • Residential = single family with one meter. Two tiers.

      • Non-Residential = all others. Lower service charge with single quantity rate structure.

      • Existing tariff sheet available here at meeting or www.gswater.com