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Corte Madera, CA                                                                                                     November 2015
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Upcoming Public Meetings
   
Thurs., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. 
PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL   
MMWD Warehouse 
220 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA

 
Tues., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. 
PUBLIC HEARING ON RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL  
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Tues., Dec., 15, 7:30 p.m. 
BOARD MEETING 
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RESERVOIR LEVELS AVERAGE FOR NOVEMBER
With Thanksgiving upon us, we are grateful for yesterday's rain and for our customers' continuing commitment to conservation. Thanks to their efforts and the occasional autumn storm, reservoir storage is average for this time of year.

Visit our Water Watch page for daily water use updates and our Drought Information page for drought news.

Here are the latest water statistics:
  • Reservoir Levels - As of November 24, reservoir storage is 51,901 acre-feet,* or 65% of capacity. The average for this date is 51,481 acre-feet, or 65% of capacity.   
  • Rainfall - Rainfall this year to date (July 1 - November 24, 2015) is 2.66 inches. Average for the same period is 8.15 inches; last year on this date we had 6.01 inches.
  • Water Use - Water use for the week ending November 24 averaged 17.38 million gallons per day, slightly up from the 16.57 million gallons per day for the same week last year.
*One acre-foot is 325,851 gallons

MMWD STILL MEETING STATE WATER USE TARGET
MMWD is still surpassing the state's cumulative target of a 20% reduction for our service area. While September and October are a little below the mark, those two months are balanced out by the higher June and July figures.

Five months into the nine-month monitoring period, MMWD customers are continuing to conserve at a good rate. We thank everyone for their commitment and continuing efforts and ask everyone to keep going. As a reminder, we have many conservation and rebate programs available that can help customers boost their conservation savings with minimal effort.

Visit our Drought Information page for drought news.


Month

2013 Water Production
 (AF)*
2015/16 Water Production
 (AF)*  
Savings Achieved
(Goal: 20%)
Cumulative
 Savings
 (Goal: 20%)

June
2,836 AF
2,108 AF
26%
26%
July
2,977 AF
2,287 AF
23%
24.4%
Aug.
2,960 AF
2,369 AF
20%
22.9%
Sept.
2,742 AF
2,239 AF
18%
21.8%
Oct.
   2,599 AF
2,149 AF
17%
21%

*One AF, or acre-foot, is 325,851 gallons 

MMWD HOLDING DECEMBER 3 WORKSHOP ON PROPOSED RATE INCREASE
MMWD is holding a public workshop on a new rate proposal on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the MMWD Warehouse, 220 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera to give district customers an opportunity to learn more about the rate proposal and to ask questions.

The MMWD Board of Directors authorized the release of the new rate proposal in September and will vote on it at a public hearing scheduled for December 8, 2015. If passed, this would be the first change in water rates since May 2012. There are three main elements in the new proposal:
1.    An increase in the bimonthly fixed service charge for all customers;
2.    The establishment of a new bimonthly watershed management fee based on meter size for all customers;
3.    Adjustments to the tier rates for all customers.

The tier breaks for single-family residential customers stay the same, while the tier breaks for duplex and multi-family residential customers change. The tier breaks for all other customer categories (single-family irrigation, commercial, irrigation, institutional, recycled water, and raw water) remain the same.

Also under consideration are an increase in the fire line charge and other adjustments to bring all rates, fees, and charges in line with current costs. If passed, the new rates would go into effect January 1, 2016 and be reflected in water bills issued on or after March 1, 2016. An additional 4% increase across all water service rates, fees, and charges would go into effect May 1, 2016 and be reflected in water bills issued on or after July 1, 2016.

The proposed new rates are based on a 2015 Draft Cost of Service Analysis (COSA), which is a detailed review of MMWD's water use and costs. Such periodic rate structure reviews are done to ensure costs are allocated accurately and fairly among all customers.

MMWD's customers have done an excellent job responding to the state drought restrictions, significantly reducing water use in both 2014 and 2015. However, the subsequent decreases in revenue meant MMWD had to use $1.4 million from its rate stabilization fund in the last fiscal year and projects using an additional $1.2 million in the current fiscal year to pay for ongoing operations.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
From everyone here at MMWD, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

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