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March 26, 2018
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New General Manager Selected

Effective April 22, 2018, Valerie Pryor will take the helm as General Manager of Zone 7 Water Agency. As Director Sarah Palmer said, "We were fortunate to have several well qualified applicants for the position of General Manager, an impressive group. Valerie Pryor stood out with qualities that will make her a wonderful asset for Zone 7. Her sharp intelligence and demonstrated ability to successfully manage potentially difficult scenarios helped to make her the Board's choice. Since then I have heard a great deal of positive feedback from State Water Project contacts about Ms. Pryor and I look forward to working with her."

Pryor comes to Zone 7 with 15 years’ experience at the Santa Clarita Valley Water District (formerly Castaic Lake Water Agency) where she has been serving as the Assistant General Manager. Before that, Pryor was with the City of Los Angeles for 15 years. Pryor’s accomplishments at Santa Clarita Valley Water District are numerous and include leading successful negotiations with the California Department of Water Resources for a water supply contract extension, establishing a Groundwater Sustainability Agency under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, modernization of the District’s debt management program, and establishment of a Joint Powers Authority to issue revenue bonds. Pryor’s experience with retailers, water rate structures, debt management, water banking programs, water supply planning, and groundwater management make her the ideal candidate to carry forward the programs and projects Zone 7 is currently managing.

In late 2017, Zone 7’s General Manager of 11 years, Jill Duerig, announced that she would be retiring in spring of 2018. Since that time, Zone 7 embarked on an extensive search for the right successor. As the General Manager, Pryor will oversee over 100 employees, direct and supervise Zone 7’s wide array of programs including flood control, watershed stewardship, water supply, treatment and distribution, water conservation, sustainable groundwater management, prudent fiscal management and public outreach, and will implement policies and strategies established by the Board of Directors.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., Apr. 18, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority Meeting

Date: Wed., Apr. 18, 2018, 7 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

Flood Preparedness Resources

We are hoping for more wet weather through the month March. Be sure to keep gutters clear of debris and rake out clogged storm drains to keep water from backing up. 

High Bond Ratings Received

The Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings assigned its ‘AA+’ long-term rating to the Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority’s series 2018 water revenue bonds. Fitch Ratings has assigned a ‘AA’ rating to the same 2018 water revenue bonds.

In announcing the credit rating, S&P cited the Agency’s very strong cash position, stable financial metrics and extremely strong credit quality of the Agency’s municipal customers. With a AA+ from S&P and a AA from Fitch for the Series 2018 water revenue bonds, the Board of Directors approved the sale of bonds by the Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority of up to $75 million to finance the Del Valle Water Treatment Plant Ozone Project, half of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant Ozone Project (the other half will be funded by developers as part of the plant expansion), and the refunding of the Cawelo capital payment.

Zone 7’s Financial Advisor, Mr. Garth Salisbury, Principal with Sperry Capital, Inc., commented, “We are extremely pleased with the announcement this week by S&P of the Agency’s AA+ credit rating. This is the second highest credit rating possible and is an extremely strong rating for an entity that is entering the bond market for the very first time in decades. These very strong ratings are a testament to the Agency’s prudent and conservative financial policies, its diversified sources of water and it’s very strong management team”. This is excellent news for the people of the valley; this will translate to an estimated net present value savings of $1.8 million in the refunding of the Cawelo capital payment and will result in the bonds sold (priced) at the lowest possible interest cost. With the board action taken at the March 21, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, Zone 7 staff will take the next steps to work with the Livermore Water Financing Authority to begin bond sales.

Ozone Project Updates

At last week's Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved an extension of CDM Smith’s contract for the design of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant (PPWTP) Ozonation Project. During the course of the design, additional elements were identified that needed to be incorporated into the plan and specifications in order to implement the project. More specifically, instead of modifying the three existing media filters, analysis showed that replacing them would be similar in cost, but would have the added benefits of having a filtration system with at least 50-year longer life and potentially achieving the full 24 MGD total plant production capacity sooner due to a shorter construction duration. Other advantages include longer life for equipment and instruments within the new enclosed filter pipe gallery, more uniform operation with uniform filter box and media depth, more efficient operations and maintenance activities, and mitigation of seismic vulnerability concerns with the existing filters, which were built in 1962. Construction of the PPWTP Ozonation Project is expected to begin in 2019 and completion is anticipated by spring 2021.

The construction contract for the Del Valle Water Treatment Plant (DVWTP) Ozonation Project was awarded on March 7, 2018. Work will begin in April and an official groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4 pm on May 2, 2018, at the facility.

The addition of ozonation facilities at each of the water treatment plants will help protect public health by addressing the rising concerns about the detection of cyanotoxins in Lake Del Valle and other parts of the State Water Project. In addition, ozone will substantially reduce or eliminate extreme taste and odor issues caused by algal blooms in Zone 7’s source water supplies which are common during the warm summer months.

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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