All Investor-Owned Water Companies to Reduce Use

On May 7, 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a new Resolution  (W-5041) for all investor-owned water utilities to work toward achieving a statewide 25% reduction in potable water use, effective June 1. This Resolution reflects the regulations in the State Water Resource Commissions (SWRCB) Resolution 2015-0031, which imposed restrictions for public water companies.

North Gualala Water Company is already in compliance with the pertinent restrictions in W-5041 through our Schedule 14.1 “Mandatory Conservation” tariff. We will report water production to the SWRCB, as required, in December 2015.

Thank you for doing your part in conserving our state’s water.

If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Governor Brown Directs First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Reductions

On April 1, 2015 Governor Brown issued an Executive Order (B-2915) to address the extreme drought conditions in California. He directed the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB, which directly oversees all publicly owned utilities) to impose urban water use restrictions by 25% compared to 2013 and created a proposal for water use restrictions across the state. North Gualala Water Company is privately owned and is therefore under direct control of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Executive Order requested that the CPUC impose the same restrictions on privately-owned utilities. 

On April 9, 2015 CPUC approved Resolution W-5034, ordering all water utilities under its jurisdiction to comply with the SWRCB emergency regulations once they are approved.

The SWRCB’s proposed restrictions would be based on each water company’s 2013 water use.  We submitted comments on the proposal to the SWRCB on April 13, 2015 to advocate for our rate payers and their substantial conservation efforts over the last few years–beginning well before 2013–and the restrictions in our existing conservation plans. We made suggestions that would better serve our customers and the State’s goal of reduced water consumption. Our concern was that the State would be putting undue hardship on our already water-conserving community. For example, our residential ratepayers reduced their daily use by 27% between 2008-2013. The proposal initially called for an additional 25% reduction since 2013, which would require our customers to use no more than about 29 gallons daily per person.

On April 18, 2015 the SWRCB released a second draft of its proposal, having taken into account many of the concerns and suggestions from the 250 comments it received.  We are pleased to see that the proposal is now more flexible for small suppliers like NGWC. If this proposal is adopted, then NGWC could reduce its district-wide water consumption by 25% relative to our 2013 use or limit outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscape and turf to just two days per week. Because we already have Mandatory and Voluntary Water Conservation Programs in place that meet this latter requirement, our ratepayers would not be burdened by additional restrictions. It is important to remember, however, that the SWRCB restrictions are not yet approved and further changes to the regulation might occur. (Also recall that our Conservation Programs were not imposed due to drought but rather due to water source issues).

You can read more about the SWRCB restrictions here and find the full text of the Executive Order here.  CPUC information can be found here.

Customers will be receiving information about these new state-wide emergency regulations through a variety of means: monthly billing inserts, the Independent Coast Observer newspaper, our Facebook page, and posts on this website. Stay tuned for finalized regulations and how it will affect your household. As always, thank you for conserving!

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at 707-884-3579.

Voluntary Mandatory Water Conservation in Effect (2/9/2015)

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The North Fork of the Gualala River has swelled over the last couple of days due to the recent rain storms. River flows are now above the bypass requirement of 41 cubic feet per second (see here), which means that the district is back under Voluntary Water Conservation measures.

Customers are being notified of the change by automated phone call on Monday, February 9, 2015.

River opening to ocean

The Gualala River estuary opened to the Pacific Ocean on Friday afternoon around 4:15 pm. Before it opened the estuary looked like a lake and all the way upstream the river beaches were under water–it was quite a sight.

Thanks for your conservation efforts, everyone!

 

Voluntary Mandatory Water Conservation in Effect (11/30/2014)

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The North Fork of the Gualala River has swelled over the last couple of days due to the recent rain storm. River flows are now above the bypass requirement of 41 cubic feet per second (see here), which means that the district is back under Voluntary Water Conservation measures.

Please call the office if you have any questions.

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The rain was really coming down yesterday! Our downtown gauge registered over 1″ during the day.

The Gualala River estuary sand bar broke open on 11/30/2014 for the first time during this 'water year.'

The Gualala River estuary sand bar broke open on 11/30/2014 for the first time during this ‘water year.’

Voluntary Water Conservation in Effect

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The North Fork of the Gualala River has swelled over the last couple of days due to the recent rain storms. River flows are now above the bypass requirement of 41 cubic feet per second (see here), which means that the district is back under Voluntary Water Conservation measures.

Customers will be notified of the change by automated phone call on Monday, November 24, 2014.

This past week during the rain, company President David Bower took the opportunity to “wash” his truck by wiping it down while it was wet. It was a clever (and acceptable) way of washing his truck during Mandatory Water Conservation!Using rain to wash the truckThanks for your conservation efforts, everyone!

 

Mandatory Water Conservation in Effect

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As of today–Saturday, November 15, 2014–North Gualala Water Company’s Mandatory Water Conservation Program (MWCP) is in place. This is because the stream flows in the North Fork of the Gualala River have fallen below prescribed levels as outlined in the resolution.

Refer to the Mandatory Water Conservation page for more information and a summary of the water use restrictions and violation fines. The Conservation Tips page has a variety of water saving methods for you to try at home.

All customers will receive an automated phone call notifying them of the MWCP activation.

Please call the office during working hours if you have any questions.