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Water Quality & Supply

Weekly Water Supply Update as of Thursday, July 23:

The State Water Board has started taking punitive actions against the Irrigation Districts and the Water Agencies for not complying with their curtailments or water use restrictions. The State Water Board issued cease and desist orders to the West Side Irrigation District and levied a $1.55 million fine to the Byron Bethany Irrigation District. These Irrigation Districts are going to challenge these actions of the Board.
El Nino seems to be a certainty this winter and that may provide some relief to the drought woes. Generally, the El Nino from the Pacific Ocean is warm and may not produce enough sustainable snow in the Sierras, which is crucial for ending the drought situation in California. Most of the Cities or the water agencies have increased their water rates or are in the process of such increases. This is due to the fact that the water consumption has decreased in their jurisdictions, but the cost of operation & maintenance has not decreased proportionately. In addition, as the infrastructure ages, it requires more maintenance and replacement. The City of Tracy is also somewhat impacted in this area.

State Curtailment
No status change for the City of Tracy on the State’s curtailments.

Closure of Delta Mendota Canal
On July 21, 2015, city Council approved the multi jurisdiction agreement with San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority for reverse pumping of water in the Delta Mendota Canal (DMC) from the San Luis Reservoir back toward Tracy. The City’s share of capital cost for this arrangement is 4% and the City will pay the base fixed operation cost. There will be additional cost of energy (Diesel) if the City pumps any portion of this water. At this time the City does not plan to pump this water from the DMC and will use this as an additional insurance just in case.

City’s Water Status
The City’s water status has not changed from the last week.

The City has a multi-source, robust water supply and the status has not changed. The City has surpassed the water reduction target set by the State and will continue working with its residents towards such reductions in the coming months.

Water Quality and Control

Under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for setting national limits for hundreds of substances in drinking water. The EPA also specifies various treatment processes that water facilities must undergo in order to remove these substances. Water treatment monitoring is continually performed to ensure drinking water is meeting regulatory standards. The EPA uses this data to ensure that the consumers are receiving clean water and to verify that states are enforcing the laws that regulate drinking water.

This publication (see right side bar) conforms to the regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) which requires water utilities to provide detailed water quality information to service customers annually. We are committed to providing you, the consumer, with this information about your water supply because customers who are well informed are our best allies in supporting improvements necessary to maintain the highest quality drinking water standards.

As required by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, the City's water supplies must meet stringent water quality standards set by the California Department of Health Services and the EPA. The City of Tracy completed a watershed sanitary survey of its drinking water sources in 2010. This survey can be obtained by contacting the Water Production Supervisor at (209) 831-4495. Water customers who are landlords receiving this report are asked to share this information with their tenants.

Even though the drought continues to haunt the State’s water supply sources, no major events occurred this week at the State level impacting the municipalities and irrigation districts. Every water agency is scrambling to find alternative sources or solutions for their short and long-term water uses. California water regulators heard a proposal for a statewide drought fee and hefty fines for water guzzling homeowners, as part of the workshop discussing how to implement the Governor’s order for water pricing to maximize conservation. California State Parks shut off water in public showers at state beaches in an attempt to conserve water during the drought.
Due to increased costs of enforcement and loss of revenues, most of the water agencies in the Bay Area have double digit increases in their water rates to meet operating and maintenance costs. Los Angeles is pushing for an 18% water rate increase.
State Curtailment
No status change on the State’s curtailments.
Closure of Delta Mendota Canal
Since Delta Mendota Canal (DMC) is not shut down, the City continues to pump its allocation until further notice. At the request of neighboring irrigation districts, San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority has installed a temporary pumping system in the DMC which allows reverse pumping of the Central Valley Project (CVP) stored water from San Luis Reservoir back towards Tracy. This is insurance for the neighboring irrigation districts and the City of Tracy to continue receiving water supplies from DMC during summer months if it is shut down due to any reason. In order to benefit from this temporary project, the City needs to enter into an agreement with San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority to share the proportionate capital, operational and maintenance costs.
City’s Water Status
The City’s water status has not changed from last week. The City has multiple water sources and a modest water distribution network. The City staff met with representatives of Mountain House Community at their request, and discussed various options of mutual interest and how to prepare for short and long term solutions for the water issues resulting from the drought.
After achieving 30% reduction in its water uses for the month of May, the City is anticipating similar results for June, with continuous support from its residents to achieve or surpass the State mandated requirements to reduce its water uses.

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