Eastern Municipal Water District

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I.                                 Updates from the November 1, 2019 Weekly Report


  1. Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Legislative Proposal Regarding Constituents of Emerging Concern (CEC):  At its November 4, 2019, Board meeting, the MWD Board unanimously authorized co-sponsorship of legislation that would create a state-wide program to identify, evaluate and systematically develop appropriate regulatory actions for new CECs.  Currently, the state does not have a dedicated program to assess CECs nor a consistent regulatory process. This has led to public uncertainty and on occasion regulations being set through legislation without a comprehensive risk-based scientific processes. The program proposed under the MWD legislation would be developed in collaboration with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), OEHHA, the water industry and non-governmental organizations; and would be designed to systematically identify and evaluate CECs in drinking water sources, including recycled water and treated drinking water, and examine their potential effects on public health. This would help streamline and inform existing regulatory processes, improve timeliness of findings, and fill data gaps to ensure consistent and science-based approaches are used for assessing the public health risks from CECs in source waters and prioritizing contaminants for regulation.  The proposed bill will be co-sponsored with the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA).


II.                              Past and On-going Activities


a.      Groundwater Replenishment and Storage of Imported Water:  Year-to-date the District has recharged 16,303 AF of imported Soboba Settlement water from MWD and is currently recharging at a flow rate of 29.5 cfs.  The year-to-date total includes “predeliveries” of 4,721 AF for 2021. Due to continued favorable State Water Project conditions, it is anticipated that MWD will continue with “pre-deliveries” of 2021 Soboba Settlement water throughout the fall. In addition, under the MWD Cyclic Storage Credit program initiated in August 2019, the District has stored 3,116 AF by curtailing groundwater production and taking an equivalent amount of MWD imported water.


b.      SB 414 (Caballero) Meetings with State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB):  As previously reported to the Board, SB 414 (Caballero), the bill co-sponsored by EMWD and the CMUA that would provide an additional statutory tool for addressing chronically non-compliant water systems, is now a two-year bill.  At the end of the 2019 legislative session, EMWD and CMUA staff worked with the author’s office to amend and streamline the bill to address concerns raised by the SWRCB and environmental justice organizations regarding the compatibility with other SWRCB statutory authorities and overall complexity.  On November 8, 2019, representatives of EMWD and CMUA will be meeting with SWRCB staff and counsel to review amendments to the bill and seek consensus on bill language for reconsideration in January when the legislature reconvenes. The amended bill must clear the Senate (house of origin) by January 31, 2020 to continue forward in the second year of the legislature.  Additionally, while in Sacramento on November 8, 2019, EMWD staff and management will take the opportunity to meet with SWRCB Chair Joaquin Esquivel to discuss activities at the District, amendments to SB 414, water affordability and implementation of the State’s Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Initiatives.


III.                            Items of Interest to the Board


a.      Business Outreach Luncheon Consultants and Professional Services:  The sixth annual business event is scheduled for November 13, 2019.  Invitations were distributed on October 25, 2019, and staff has received over 50 RSVPs.  The recent Business Outreach Luncheon for vendors and suppliers held on October 24, 2019, was extremely successful with over 100 attendees and a waiting list.  These events facilitate opportunities for local businesses to interact with staff, develop partnership opportunities with other businesses serving EMWD, and increase competition for EMWD related supplies and services.


IV.                            Operational Highlights


a.      Potable Water Production and Demands:  Water consumption was at 123 MGD.  The potable supply blend was six percent from potable wells, six percent from the Desalters, 18 percent from imported raw water treated at EMWD's plants, and 70 percent from imported, treated water.

b.      Water Filtration Facilities:  The Perris Water Filtration Plant (PWFP) produced 18.5 MGD.  The Hemet Water Filtration Plant (HWFP) produced 3.4 MGD.

c.       Menifee and Perris I Desalters:  The Menifee and Perris I Desalters produced 7.6 MGD.

d.      Recycled Water:  The average daily demands were 39 MGD.  Tertiary recycled water storage is at 412 MG, or 22 percent of total capacity.


e.      Wastewater Treatment Facilities:  All four regional water reclamation facilities (RWRFs) met their water quality objectives for the past week treating a total daily average of 44.6 MG.


V.                  Upcoming Meetings and Events


a.      11/7/19:              CalDesal Regulatory Workgroup Teleconference (Paule)

b.      11/7/19:              Administrative Committee (Paule/Sullivan)

c.       11/7/19:              Riverside Community College Event (Slawson)

d.      11/12/19:              DVL Implementation Committee (Record)


The District will be closed Monday, November 11, 2019 in observance of Veteran’s Day



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Meeting History

Nov 6, 2019 9:00 AM  Board of Directors Regular Meeting
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