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February 26, 2018
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Saving Money with Early Payoff of Loans for Stored Water Recovery Project

In February of 2004, Zone 7 authorized participation in a capital improvement program for the construction of a pipeline from the Semitropic Water District to the California Aqueduct (part of the State Water Project), new groundwater wells and other conveyance enhancements. These improvements allow Zone 7 to participate in a groundwater banking program with Semitropic Water District. These capital improvement projects have directly supported Zone 7’s ability to store surplus water in wet years and then call on its stored water from the district in dry years. The facilities were critical to the community in surviving the extreme drought conditions in 2014.

Zone 7’s share of Semitropic’s capital costs were roughly $1.58 million (including interest) of the $16 million total. At the February 21, 2018 Board of Directors meeting, Zone 7 authorized early pay off of Zone 7’s remaining balance of the capital payment of $676,000. The early payoff will result in a net savings of $120,000 for Zone 7.

This project shows Zone 7’s continuing commitment to prudent use of its funds. Other such cost-cutting by the board include:

  • Early purchase of the North Canyons Office Building in 2017, resulting in total costs savings of $7.1 million for the Agency. Lease payments for the office building ended as of April 2017, for a total, three-year costs savings of $3.8 million on lease payments. The purchase also avoided costs of $500,000 for moving expenses and another $2.8 million in avoided contributions to the sinking funds for the building.
  • Adoption of a budget that included a $1.1 million reduction in the labor budget for FY 18-19.
  • Next month, the board is anticipated to consider another cost-saving measure, to refinance the debt that funded Zone 7’s share of capital improvements to the Cawelo Banking Program. Like the Semitropic program, this program was critical in providing water to the community during the drought. However, refinancing would allow Zone 7 to lower the interest rate from 4.46% to something lower. With an outstanding debt of $16 million, this could result in a total saving of approximately $2.5 million (net present value), potentially dropping annual payments from $1.3 million to $1 million.

Upcoming Meetings:

Liaison Committee Meeting

Date: Thurs., Mar. 1, 2018, 4 p.m.
Where: Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore
What: Update on Potable Reuse

Board of Directors Meetings

Date: Wed., Mar. 7, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore
What: Special Board Meeting

Date: Wed., Mar. 21, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore
What: Regular Board Meeting

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

Zone 7 Declares March 19-23 Fix a Leak Week

For the third year in a row, Zone 7 will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense (WS) program’s Fix a Leak Week. The program aims to use water resources more efficiently, to preserve water for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Checking and fixing household plumbing fixtures for leaks inside and outside of the home is a great way to conserve water and save money. Using this checklist, you can detect leaks in just 10 minutes. More information about what you can do to save water indoors and out is provided on the WaterSense website.

Zone 7 Declares March 11-17 National Groundwater Awareness Week

In recognition of the importance of groundwater as natural resource, and in support of the responsible and sustainable use of groundwater, Zone 7 joins the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) in declaring the week of March 11-17, 2018, as National Groundwater Awareness Week. California pumps 10.7 billion gallons of groundwater each day, a third more than the second-highest state, Texas. Zone 7 is encouraging everyone to be a “groundwater advocate” both during National Groundwater Awareness Week and beyond by protecting and conserving groundwater. This year, NGWA’s theme for National Groundwater Awareness Week is Test. Tend. Treat. to encourage a holistic approach to managing groundwater resources.

Zone 7 has been sustainably managing its groundwater resources for more than forty years. Zone 7 worked to recover groundwater supplies from historic lows and currently operates groundwater pumping within a sustainable range. Currently, Zone 7 replenishes groundwater resources via natural and artificial recharge when surface supplies are plentiful. Zone 7 uses the stored groundwater during the peak summer months when demand is high or when surface supplies are limited, such as during drought years. Zone 7 also operates a demineralization plant to treat pumped groundwater to reduce salts and water hardness in the drinking water it supplies to the community.

More information about Zone 7’s groundwater management program is provided in the 2016 Groundwater Management Program Annual Report.

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.
Copyright © 2013 Zone 7 Water Agency, All rights reserved.

Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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