City Council 9-27-12 Water Exceptions

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City Council 9-27-12 Water Exceptions

  1. 1. City CouncilSeptember 27, 2012
  2. 2. Proposed Ordinance Amendment• Provision added to “Exception and Variance” section of Water Conservation/Drought Contingency code:“The City Council may allow exceptions to any of the provisions of this article. The Council may place conditions on any exception.”
  3. 3. Drought Level III• September 14, 2012 -Trigger point for entering Level III met -Water supply available to the city from its developed sources over the next 12 months is not adequate to meet the projected demands
  4. 4. Drought Level III Implementation• September 27, 2012 Council consider adopting resolution implementing provisions of Drought Level III
  5. 5. Drought Level III Implementation• September 27, 2012 Council consider adopting resolution implementing provisions of Drought Level III• October 1, 2012 Proposed effective date for Drought Level III
  6. 6. Drought Level III Implementation• September 27, 2012 Council consider adopting resolution implementing provisions of Drought Level III• October 1, 2012 Proposed effective date for Drought Level III• November 1, 2012 Usage surcharges effective with November billing
  7. 7. Prohibited Water Uses Under Drought Level III • Watering of lawns, gardens, landscape areas, trees, golf courses (including greens), shrubs and other plants being grown outdoors • Hand watering or drip irrigation of trees and foundations may be done on days and at times as established by the City Council
  8. 8. Prohibited Water Uses Under Drought Level III • Fill, refill or maintain the level of any swimming pool or fountain • Washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, boats or other types of vehicles, mobile equipment; except for health, safety, welfare as determined by Health Director
  9. 9. Water Usage Surcharges• Residential accounts- $6.00/1,000 gallons for usage over 10,000 gallons• Apartments- $5.00/1,000 gallons for usage over 3,000 gallons/apartment unit• All other accounts- $2.50/1,000 gallons
  10. 10. Drought Level III Implementation• September 14, 2012 Trigger Point Met• September 27, 2012 Resolution Adoption• October 1, 2012 Effective date• November 1, 2012 Surcharges included in bills
  11. 11. Exceptions toWater Conservation Ordinance
  12. 12. Exception Procedure• Ordinance amendment authorizing Council to grant exceptions adopted September 27, 2012• Exception request brought before Council• Council considers and establishes any special conditions with respect to the request• Request is approved or denied by simple majority vote
  13. 13. Exception Requests / Drought Level III• Vehicle Washing• Swimming Pools• Golf Course Greens• Nurseries• Goodfellow Air Force Base Kennel Area
  14. 14. Vehicle Washing• Commercial Vehicle Wash Facilities -Hand held spray wand -In-Bay automatic wash facility -Tunnel automatic wash facility -Mobile, self contained, trailer mounted unit• Residential Vehicle Washing -Hand held hose -Bucket
  15. 15. Commercial Vehicle Wash Facilities• Identified 18 commercial vehicle washing facility accounts• Water usage over the past 12 months 48.4 million gallons
  16. 16. Exception Considerations/Vehicle Washing• Type of vehicle washing operation Residential Commercial fixed location Commercial mobile Commercial fleet vehicles• Requirement to recycle• Surcharges• Duration of exception
  17. 17. Swimming Pools• Approximately 1,100 pools in the city• Average Pool Size- 16 ft X 32 ft• Average water needed to maintain a pool- 1 1/2 inches/week; 1,915 gallons / month• Estimated water needed to maintain pools in city- 27.4 million gallons/year
  18. 18. Exception Considerations/Swimming Pools• Residential and Commercial pools• Outdoor and Indoor pools• Covering requirement for a pool• Duration of exception
  19. 19. Golf Course Greens• Courses within city utilizing city water- Santa Fe and Riverside• 27 greens at the two courses
  20. 20. Golf Course Greens• Watering requirement for 27 greens September thru October 150,0000 gallons November thru February 300,000 gallons March thru April 1,000,000 gallons June thru August 1,950,000 gallons Total 3,400,000 gallons
  21. 21. Exception Considerations/Golf Course Greens • Number of greens allowed to be water • Allowable application rates • Watering frequency • Surcharges • Duration of exception
  22. 22. Nurseries• Types of nurseries -Indoor -Outdoor• Indoor Nursery Seasonal stock-Plants in containers or holding beds Watering generally done by hand held hose or drip system• Outdoor Nursery Plants being grown for future transfer to containers or holding beds
  23. 23. Nurseries• Five full time nursery businesses identified• Water usage over past 12 months Indoor Nurseries- 8.6 million gallons Outdoor Nursery- 17.8 million gallons
  24. 24. Exception Considerations/Nurseries• Indoor and Outdoor Operations• Usage limitations• Surcharges• Duration of exception
  25. 25. Goodfellow Air Force Base• Exception Requested for Military Dog Kennel• Request to water grass area within kennel during months of March through October• Estimated water usage of 65,000 gallons per month during watering season
  26. 26. Tree and Foundation Watering• Hand watering or drip irrigation of trees and foundations may be allowed under Level III• Council establishes conditions for water use -Days, times, frequency, amount
  27. 27. Sprinkler Meters• Monthly Base fee applicable unless service is discontinued• No charge to discontinue service• $20 activation fee to re-establish service
  28. 28. City CouncilSeptember 27, 2012

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