PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Water Committee, 1 p.m. Monday, 18885 Nugget Blvd. TUD board members Ron Ringen and Jim Grinnell are on the committee.
By GUY McCARTHY
The Union Democrat
Drought impacts on wells and water conservation requirements for wholesale customers are on the agenda when the Tuolumne Utilities District Water Committee meets Monday in Sonora.
The first item on the agenda is a request for water service from a couple on Lambert Lake Road in the Whispering Woods subdivision who are concerned about a well going dry.
Norman and Suzanne Osborn are worried that the increased number of new wells in their neighborhood are having an impact on their well. They hope to use TUD water for domestic purposes and continue using the well for outdoor irrigation.
District staff is recommending approval of the Osborns’ request.
TUD has a total of three wholesale customers. District staffers have sent letters to each to advise them of new water-use restrictions, the expectation they will comply and, in turn, notify their respective customers.
The district Board of Directors voted April 28 to impose mandatory water-use reductions of 30 percent for all customers compared to their water use in 2013. The Phase III amended water conservation measures are intended to keep the district in line with statewide 25 percent cutbacks ordered April 1 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Supporting documents for Monday’s meeting include a November 2011 memo from Tom Scesa, who was district engineer at the time and is now TUD’s general manager, outlining historical and projected growth rates in active water service connections for 2010 through 2030.
Data in the memo was intended to serve as a basis for projecting future water demands. Back in 2011, district staff determined the annual growth rate for the next 20 years would be about 2.25 percent.
“Population trends do not correlate well to growth in active water service connections,” Scesa said in the memo. “Since 1993, approximately 55 percent of the district’s growth in water services was associated with acquisition of existing private/mutual water companies.”
Projected growth rates are considered relevant to the district’s Treated Water Systems Optimization Plan.
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