Municipal Water Disrict of Orange County
ISSUE 9, VOLUME 8, October 2014
Message to Our Readers
October 1st marked the beginning of California's water new year following one of the driest years on record. Traditionally, October is also Fire Prevention Month. With the extended drought and extremely dry brush from one end of the state to the other, it is even more important to take proactive efforts to prevent fires. Here are some easy tips for fire prevention:
  • When you change your clocks back an hour on Nov. 2nd, change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
  • Make sure your fire extinguishers are working.
  • Make sure brush and other dry materials are removed from around your home and property.
  • Keep trash, recycled materials and other items away from fire hydrants.
  • Have an evacuation plan for you and your family. Don't forget a plan for your pets as well!

Fire prevention is our best defense in reducing the risk of wildland fires this season, and with the drought contributing to the dry brush, it is even more critical.  


California Drought Update

By Darcy Burke, MWDOC

Recently, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released water consumption data for the month of August. This data is part of the requirements public water systems must meet to comply with the regulations that went into effect in early August.

When looking at the overall data, Orange County as a whole has decreased water demand by 4%. That is a far cry from the 20% reduction requested by the Governor and required by the August SWRCB regulations. However, Orange County has improved its everyday, overall water use efficiency by over 20% since 1991. That means that in the last 20+ years, when water agencies have asked the public to reduce their demand, they did - but there's still more we can do. 


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Strategic Partnership Results in Significant Water Savings!

By Moulton Niguel Water District Staff 

On October 31, 2014, Laguna Hills High School students will find themselves with new synthetic turf athletic fields, thanks to a strategic partnership between Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California/Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC), Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and the City of Laguna Hills.

Utilizing MNWD's Water Use Efficiency Rebate Program for turf removal and synthetic turf installation rebates in addition to MWDOC's turf removal rebate program, all 247,000 square feet of Laguna Hills High School's upper athletic fields are in the process of being converted from grass to synthetic turf. This represents a unique opportunity to conserve a significant amount of water and decrease future water supply needs for the high school. 



Draft BDCP and Environmental Documents to be Recirculated in 2015 

By Association of CA Water Agencies Staff  

The California Department of Water Resources and other agencies leading the Bay Delta Conservation Plan will publish a Recirculated Draft BDCP and its accompanying documents in early 2015.

The BDCP and its Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS), as well as its Implementing Agreement (IA), will be recirculated in early 2015.  The agencies leading the project are currently reviewing the comments received during the public comment period that ended on July 29, 2014. 

The scope of the partially recirculated draft documents will be announced by the end of this year. The recirculated documents will include those portions of each document that warrant another public review prior to publication of final documents.  The public also will have the opportunity to review the final documents prior to their adoption.


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Recent Earthquakes Underscore Need for Water Utilities to Plan & Prepare  

By Kelly Hubbard, WEROC 

Earthquakes are probably California's biggest natural disaster threat in terms of potential magnitude of damage. As recent earthquakes have demonstrated, water utilities are not immune from these damages. Just this August, the City of Napa experienced over 120 main line breaks in its system due to the Napa Earthquake (M6.1).

A utility's confidence and strength following a disaster will come from its planning before a disaster. And the easiest way to plan is in steps. The first step following an earthquake, or really any event once the dust settles, is to understand the impacts of that disaster to their system before they can start to respond and recover.

The safety assessment process following an earthquake should be a multiple phase process that can take hours, and possibly days before it is completed. A water utility should have a plan for this process that includes an Agency Windshield Survey, a Safety Assessment Program (SAP) rapid evaluation, and a detailed damage analysis.  


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Calendar of Events

November 3 @ 8:30 am:
Planning & Operations

November 5 @ 8:30 am:  
Workshop Board Meeting 

November 10 @ 8:30 am:

Public Affairs & Legislation
Committee Meeting

November 12 @ 8:30 am:
Administration & Finance Committee Meeting  
November 19 @ 8:30 am:
Board Meeting

November 20 @ 8:30 am:

Committee Meeting
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Upcoming Emergency Exercise "Rolling Thunder"

MET, WEROC & participating member agencies will be hosting a BLAST of a joint Emergency Operations Center Exercise that will BLOW in on November 5th. Expect the TEMPEST to wreak simulated havoc on OC water & waste water utilities, as participating agencies' emergency response staff solve all the damage and resource needs in a single day of simulated response. This may be a TURBULENT experience with lots of lessons learned (that is the goal of any exercise)!  

If you are interested in being SWEPT AWAY into the winds and rain of Exercise Rolling Thunder (as an observer or participant) feel free to contact Kelly Hubbard at

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