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May 19, 2017
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Science & Engineering Fair Awardees Honored

Three students who attend schools within Zone 7’s service area have received special recognition from Zone 7 for water-related projects displayed during the recent Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair. At Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, three students received awards and gave presentations on their projects.

The high school award was given to Akshit Mehta from Dublin High School for his “Smart Sprinkler System.” He developed an automated system for domestic irrigation that irrigated only when the soil probe measured low soil moisture. Zone 7’s judges appreciated Mehta’s detailed and extensive data, the working model that he presented and his thoughtful responses to questions.

A middle school award was granted to Cassandra Leo from Quarry Lane Middle School for her “Is the Hardness of Water Different in Certain Locations?” project. Cassandra assessed the hardness of water from different locations.  While drinking hard water poses no health concerns and provides necessary minerals your body needs, very hard water can cause a variety of home problems.  The Zone 7 judges were impressed with her presentation skills and her unique approach to her experimental methods.

Another middle school award was given to Abigail Huang from Sunol Glen School for her “Solar Water Purifier” project.  With the desire to provide clean water to all who need it, Huang wanted to assess an inexpensive method for water purification. The intent of her experiment was to explore the effectiveness of a solar PET bottle purifier. The results from her experiment were not what she hypothesized. Zone 7’s judges said what stood out most about this student was her interest in pursuing the issue further with additional experiments, for which she had many good ideas.

Upcoming Meetings:

Administrative Committee Meeting

Date: Mon., May 22, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore
What: To discuss and receive comments on Zone 7’s Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan prior to FEMA submittal

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., June 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Flood Preparedness

  • To learn about Zone 7's flood protection program, click here.
  • For the state's flood preparedness website, click here.

Conservation

The Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening website provides water-efficiency tips for landscaping and gardening based on climate and other factors specific to our region. To learn more, visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/.

Check the websites of your local retailer:
- City of Pleasanton
- City of Livermore
- California Water Service Co. - Livermore
- Dublin San Ramon Services District

For rebate information, click here.

Report a Spill or Dumping

Zone 7 owns many flood control channels and creeks in the Cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, and in unincorporated areas of Eastern Alameda County. If you see a spill or dumping in any waterway, follow the directions below to report it:

1. If a spill is currently happening, call 911.

2. If the situation is not urgent, call: 

  • Zone 7 Administrative offices at (925) 454-5000 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator at (925) 447-6704, ext. 1, during non-business hours

2017 Science & Engineering Fair Awardees and Zone 7's Board of Directors.

Sustainable Groundwater Management Ordinance

In its ongoing effort to prohibit the waste of water, the unsustainable extraction of groundwater, and the export of groundwater outside of its service area, the Board considered the proposed Zone 7 Sustainable Groundwater Management Ordinance again at its meeting on May 17, 2017.  The ordinance would better establish groundwater as an essential resource for municipal, industrial and domestic uses, as well as agricultural production, and would set provisions for groundwater protection within Eastern Alameda County.  The Board held a public hearing to receive comments. When no comments were received from the public at the meeting, the board decided to continue the item until the June 21, 2017 Board meeting to assure that all public comments are received and considered concerning the draft Ordinance before adopting it.

Zone 7 has a long history of protecting groundwater resources in the Livermore-Amador Valley Groundwater Basin, which began in 1962 when artificial recharge with water imported from the State Water Project was initiated.  In 2005, the Board adopted a Groundwater Management Plan to ensure compliance with the California Groundwater Management Act.  In 2014, Zone 7 was designated as the exclusive Groundwater Sustainability Agency for all of the groundwater basins in its service area, a role that was formalized in December 2016 at the same time Zone 7 submitted an Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan to the state. 

Not protecting the basins from unsustainable extraction of groundwater could have adverse economic effects including loss of arable land, a decline in property values, increased pumping costs due the lowering groundwater levels, and increased water quality treatment.  Nothing in the draft Ordinance determines or alters water rights, groundwater rights, or existing County Ordinances (such as the well ordinance which establishes fees and criteria for permitting new wells).

Improving Financial Administration

On May 17, 2017, Zone 7’s Board approved two interrelated resolutions to facilitate acceptance and management of endowment funds and other revenues that Zone 7 receives. The Treasurer provided an example of one other type of funds that might be received by the Agency as being money from bonds or borrowing.

The first resolution authorized Zone 7 staff to enter into an agreement with MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and High Mark Capital Management to provide primary banking services, custodial services and investment management services to the Agency for a three-year period.  The second resolution adopted an investment policy and delegated deposit and investment authority to the treasurer.

Together these resolutions authorize and direct the Zone 7 Treasurer to manage and properly invest all funds received by Zone 7 and to deposit them to MUFG Union Bank, N.A. and High Mark Capital Management where they can be managed according to the newly-adopted investment policy. Zone 7 is confident that these changes will result in better service as well as significant cost savings over time. 
 

Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

Values:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
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Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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