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Corte Madera, CA                                                                                                          June 2012
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Summer Pipeline Projects
Centennial History Book in Print
High Marks for Water Quality in 2012 Annual Report
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RESERVOIRS WELL ABOVE AVERAGE    

Reservoir levels are still well above average even as water use increases due to outdoor irrigation needs. This year's rainfall year, which officially ends on June 30, was slightly below average.

Here are the current water statistics:
  • Reservoir Levels - As of June 24, reservoir levels are 93 percent of capacity, or 74,273 acre-feet.* The average for this date is 84 percent (67,033 acre-feet). Total capacity is 79,566 acre-feet.   
  • Rainfall - Rainfall from July 1, 2011 to June 24, 2012 totals 40.51 inches. Average for the same period is 52.58 inches.       
  • Water Use - Water use for the last seven days averaged 31.8 million gallons per day, only slightly higher than last year's average of 29.8 million gallons per day. On a per capita basis, this year's figure is 171.9 gallons and last year's is 161.0 gallons (for the last seven days).    
  • Creek Releases - During the month of May 2012 MMWD released 210 million gallons, or a total of 644 acre-feet, into Lagunitas and Walker creeks in west Marin. We release water throughout the year to maintain adequate flows for the fishery per our agreement with the State of California.  

Current water use and reservoir figures can be found on the homepage of our website.

 

*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons.


  

MMWD STARTS NEW FISCAL YEAR JULY 1 WITH MODEST BUDGET INCREASE
The budget for MMWD's 2012-13 fiscal year, which starts July 1, is 3.5-percent higher than last year's. The district's operating budget for FY 2013 is $69.1 million and the capital budget is $14.6 million. The capital budget does not include fire flow funds, which are accounted for separately. The FY 2013 Fire Flow Fee budget is estimated to be $4.5 million.

The water sales revenue projections for FY 2013 are based on FY 2010 consumption with a 2-percent
reduction in consumption and the 4-percent increase in rates enacted in 2011. The sale of water accounts for 85 percent of MMWD's annual revenues. All other revenue estimates were based on fiscal years 2008 -2011. Interest revenue is assumed to be slightly higher in 2012 than in FY 2011 due to a small increase in interest rates. Connection charges and connection fees are projected to be flat for FY 2013.

MMWD's Board of Directors adopted the FY 2013 budget at the February 2 board meeting.

SUMMER 2012 A BUSY ONE FOR PIPELINE PROJECTS
MMWD has several pipeline projects on the calendar for summer 2012. Some of these projects are already under way, while others are still in the planning phase. Summer 2012 projects are scheduled for the following communities:  
  • Mill Valley: Lomita Drive (pipeline relocation project related to work at Edna Maguire School), Meadow Drive  
  • San Rafael: Fifth Avenue, Mission Avenue, Chula Vista Drive, Mt. Shasta Drive, Gerstle Park area
  • Fairfax: Chester Avenue, Belle Avenue
  • Sausalito: Cazneau Drive

To minimize traffic disruptions, MMWD and the various contractors will complete as much of the work as possible during the summer when schools are out and, in general, traffic is lighter.


NEW HISTORY BOOK ON MMWD AND MT. TAMALPAIS NOW AVAILABLE
With the founding of MMWD in 1912, the citizens of Marin not only created a public water system but also laid the groundwork for the perpetual protection of the 18,500-acre Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District, a new pictorial history book by Director Jack Gibson, documents the district's role in the preservation of this beloved central landmark and the district's work to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality water for Marin.

The book, from Arcadia Publishing, is available in local bookstores, at MMWD or may be ordered online. Proceeds benefit a fund to protect the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed.  

DIrector Gibson, a member of MMWD's board of directors since 1995, is a practicing Marin County attorney as well as an avid historian and a former history teacher. In working on the book, he spent countless hours sifting through photos and documents in MMWD's extensive archives.

To meet the author and hear more about the history of MMWD, mark your calendar for one of two upcoming book-signing events:

MMWD BOARD PRESIDENT KOEHLER JOINS CARPE DIEM WEST
MMWD Board President Cynthia Koehler is joining the staff of Sausalito-based Carpe Diem West in July as director of programs. Director Koehler will develop and implement policies and practices to address the growing climate change challenges to water in the American West. She had been the California Water Legislative Director for the Environmental Defense Fund.

Director Koehler is serving her third term on MMWD's board and represents Sausalito, Marin City, Tam Valley, Mill Valley and part of Larkspur.  
2012 ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
MMWD has released its 2012 Annual Water Quality Report, which shows, once again, that the water provided by MMWD meets, and in fact surpasses, all state and federal health regulations. The 2012 report is available both in English and in Spanish online and in print.

The water quality information is reported annually in compliance with requirements established by the California Department of Public Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency and as a policy of MMWD to inform customers of the contents of their drinking water and water quality standards.

State and/or federal regulations require drinking water suppliers to test for 125 contaminants and to include in the report the test results for any contaminants found and at what levels. The regulations encompass both primary standards for contaminants that affect health and secondary standards for contaminants that affect the odor, taste and appearance of the water. Each year MMWD conducts over 120,000 water quality tests from watershed to faucet in order to ensure compliance with state and federal standards.

About 75 percent of the district's water supply comes from rainfall collected in seven reservoirs on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The remaining 25 percent is imported under a contract with the Sonoma County Water Agency.

MMWD is currently mailing this year's report to all of the district's approximately 60,000 customers in central and southern Marin as a bill insert. In addition, the district recently sent the report in a special mailing to over 48,000 apartment dwellers and others who do not receive a water bill. To request a printed copy, call MMWD's Water Quality Lab at (415) 945-1550. 
NEW FROM THE BLOG
Check out these recent blog posts:
  • MMWD Centennial Coloring Contest Winners Announced (click here).     
  • Want to capture the natural wonders of Mt. Tam? There's an app for that (click here). 
  • Gardening wisdom shared (click here).

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
We welcome your comments and need your help raising awareness about water in Marin.  Please share this information with your colleagues and constituents. Thank you!

Libby Pischel, Public Information Officer
Marin Municipal Water District
lpischel@marinwater.org
(415) 945-1421