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November 2, 2018
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Flood Damage Repair Update


Zone 7 has made significant progress toward repairing the flood protection sites damaged in the 2017 winter storms.

The 2017 winter storms brought significant rainfall. Localized flooding occurred throughout the Tri-Valley, resulting in local, state, and federal emergency declarations. Zone 7’s flood protection system experienced damage to channel banks, concrete structures, and maintenance roads. Some of this damage threatened utility lines and infrastructure.
 
Zone 7 must have any work wrapped up before the next wet season, and usually takes the months of June – October to repair flood damage from the previous season. In a typical year, this entails about 8-10 repairs. During the summer of 2018, Zone 7 was extra busy and made significant progress toward repairing over 200 damaged sites. In addition to Zone 7’s annual routine maintenance work, repairs were performed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under the Public Law 84-99 Rehabilitation Assistance program and by a Zone 7-hired contractor. In all, 35 of the sites damaged in 2017 were repaired this year.


Before: Erosion from the 2017 storms caused a large portion of bank to slide into Arroyo Mocho in Pleasanton.


After: Zone 7’s contractor completed the repair for long-term bank stabilization. The site was seeded with native grasses and the repair will soon be unnoticeable.

Staff prioritized repairs according to level of risk presented by each site and continues to plan for an additional 46 repairs in 2019. Flood protection staff regularly monitors the sites pending repair for any changes in condition.

Upcoming Plant Shutdown

Zone 7 staff is preparing for the annual shutdown of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant. Staff performs this shutdown each year, taking advantage of the low water usage months to take the plant offline to perform routine and preventative maintenance. This is one way that Zone 7 maintains the water supply infrastructure to ensure that safe and reliable water is delivered to homes and businesses at all times. Water treatment will continue at the Del Valle Water Treatment Plant during the shutdown, and water supply will not be impacted.

Energy Star Most Efficient Clothes Washer Program Ending Soon

Zone 7 is ending the Energy Star Most Efficient Clothes Washer Program at the end of this year because plumbing and energy codes are changing and will only allow Energy Star rated clothes washers to be sold in the market.
 
Applications for rebates for qualifying Energy Star Most Efficient Clothes Washers purchased and installed on or before December 31, 2018 must be mailed and postmarked by March 1, 2019. Purchases after December 31, 2018 and applications received after March 1, 2019 will not be eligible for a rebate.

Baywork Water Industry Career Fair for Veterans 

Are you or a veteran you know looking for a career in the water industry? Zone 7 is participating in the Baywork Water Industry Career Fair for Veterans on November 7 from 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

Register today to honor our veterans and explore water industry careers. All are welcome including veterans, family, friends, supporters of veterans, students, and the public. The event will be held at Las Positas College in Livermore, co-sponsored by JVS, the California Water Environment Association, the California Economic Development Department, and Swords to Plowshares. This event will feature a Huey Helicopter landing, an Honor Guard, a veterans' career panel, a keynote address by Purple Heart Ranger Michael Young, and lunch for veterans.

Click here to register.

Zone 7 Open Positions

Zone 7 currently has the following open positions:

Accounting Manager

Under general direction, to plan, organize and personally perform varied, complex and specialized professional accounting, auditing and cost accounting which involves the application of advanced principles and practices, including the development of new accounting and cost accounting systems and procedures, and fiscal policies; to direct the work of professional accounting, technical and support staff; and to perform related work as assigned.

  • Filing Deadline:  November 19, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting 

Date: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7 p.m.*
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore  

* Please note that the November Board date has changed due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority (if needed)

Date: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Weather-Based Irrigation Controller 

The season has changed and fall is here bringing cooler temperatures and rain. Time to set your clocks back, and your sprinklers, too! Reduce your watering to match the weather, or shut off your sprinklers for the season if there is enough rain. It saves precious water. Make Water Conservation a Way of Life!

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

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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