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September 21, 2017
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In this Issue: 

Resolution Adopted to Support California WaterFix

At last night’s Board of Directors’ meeting, the Zone 7 Board adopted a resolution to support California WaterFix and authorized Zone 7 staff to contribute up to $250,000 beginning on January 1, 2018.  The resolution also grants Zone 7 staff the ability to negotiate participation in the Finance Joint Powers Authority and the Delta Conveyance and Construction Joint Powers Authority (DCA) which will implement California WaterFix and provide oversight and fiscal control of the public’s investment. State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors who choose to participate in California WaterFix are contributing interim funding in order to move the project forward until the Finance JPA issues the bonds needed to fund the project sometime late in 2018. It is estimated that the total project costs increase by $1 million for each month bond issuance is delayed. The interim funding from participating agencies will maintain the project’s momentum while avoiding additional project costs.

Benefits to the Tri-Valley

California WaterFix would provide a much-needed upgrade to the aging through-Delta conveyance currently used by Zone 7 to import roughly 80 percent of the Valley’s supplies. The current 50-year-old system is vulnerable to disruptions due to levee failure and salinity intrusion from seismic events, climate change or even large storms, which would immediately impact Zone 7’s operations. Pumping capacity of the existing system has diminished significantly in the last 30 years due to regulatory restrictions and increasing maintenance-related outages/breakdowns in the 50-year-old infrastructure. Supply reliability is expected to decrease further due to changes in snowpack and frequency and intensity of precipitation related to climate change. Despite Zone 7’s efforts to increase supply reliability through other sources, the Water Supply Evaluation shows that reliance on the SWP could only be reduced to about 70 percent in the future meaning that the vast majority of the Valley’s water will continue to be imported water conveyed through the Delta and delivered to the Valley via the SWP. 
 

Upcoming Meetings:

Special Board Meeting/Workshop

Date: Tues., Oct. 3, 2017, 4 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore
What: CIP Workshop

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 4 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

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

California WaterFix Support Continued

Design and Construction
The DCA would manage the design and construction phases of the project. This joint powers authority approach has been used successfully for the design and construction of a portion of the Coastal Branch of the California Aqueduct in the mid-1990s and a similar approach is being used for Sites Reservoir in which Zone 7 is also involved.

Cost Estimate

California WaterFix is expected to cost $16.7 billion in 2017 dollars. Costs will be split among the SWP and CVP contractors that receive the benefits from the project.  An analysis of the cost impacts to Zone 7 suggests that treated water rates would increase over the next ten to fifteen years by a total of about 20 percent to pay for Zone 7’s share of California WaterFix. While the cost is significant, it is less than half the cost of pursuing other water supply options based on multiple staff reports and evaluations. Additionally, those alternatives could not address the continuing decline in reliability of the Valley’s primary water source or the susceptibility of the aging SWP infrastructure to failures resulting from earthquakes, climate change and continuing subsidence in the Delta.

Project Schedule

The project is expected to take 16 years to complete. The design phase is expected to take four years and would begin once the DCA is fully formed and staffed. Construction is expected to take about 13 years and is expected to be completed in 2033.
 

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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