DSRSD securing supplemental water supplies

Rates won't increase from water purchase, says DSRSD president

Water agencies in the East Bay and Sacramento Valley plan to voluntarily transfer 1,500 acre feet (AF) of water (488,776,500 gallons) this year into the East Bay to offset potential shortages due to the drought.

Under this agreement, Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) will purchase water from Yuba County Water Agency (YCWA), and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) will transport these water supplies to DSRSD -- which provides wastewater treatment to Pleasanton.

"DSRSD is committed to securing a more reliable water supply so our customers will not be as adversely impacted by the drought," says DSRSD operations manager Dan Gallagher. "This purchase of supplemental water from YCWA, pending the necessary approvals from various agencies, will reduce the drought's impact on our customers and represents a significant step toward greater water reliability."

The total cost to purchase, transport, treat and deliver water will be $2.23 million, said DSRSD officials, adding that the water district will purchase the water with money from its water operations fund.

However, the water will be more expensive than water the district purchases from Zone 7 Water Agency, according to DSRSD board president Edward Duarte.

He added that rates will not increase from the water purchase.

The proceeds from the water sale will enable YCWA to continue investing in fish and wildlife habitat restoration on the Yuba River and improving flood protection for Yuba County's residents, said water district officials. DSRSD will reimburse EBMUD for the cost of delivering the water through its system.

After the necessary approvals, YCWA is scheduled to release 1,500 AF of water from its New Bullard's Bar Reservoir in late April or early May. This transfer water will flow down the Yuba River to the Feather and Sacramento rivers. At the Freeport Regional Water Facility, a joint venture of EBMUD and Sacramento County Water Agency, water will be diverted to the Folsom South Canal (owned and operated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation). The water will move through the Folsom South Canal to EBMUD's Mokelumne Aqueduct and from there into EBMUD reservoirs. It will take one week for the 1,500 AF of water to make this part of the journey.

EBMUD will store the water until daily deliveries to DSRSD are scheduled to begin about June 1, at a rate of 10 AF per day for 120 days (through Sept. 31). Of the water drawn at Freeport, some will be reduced by evaporation and lost in transit. Before delivery to DSRSD, the water will be treated to drinking water standards. The delivery of the water from EBMUD to DSRSD will occur at two emergency interties located on the border of the two service areas. Both interties are on Alcosta Boulevard -- one is east of Interstate 680 and the other is west of the freeway. DSRSD will then pump the supplemental water to its Dougherty Valley customers.

This is YCWA's first transfer of water to DSRSD via EBMUD.

"This supplemental water will help meet our customer's demands this year when Delta supplies are expected to be heavily impacted once again. Our goal is that our customers will not have to reduce their water consumption nearly as much," Duarte said.

Past water purchases

DSRSD normally purchases drinking water from Zone 7 Water Agency. More than 80% of Zone 7's water supply is imported water from California's State Water Project (SWP), with the rest coming from local surface water runoff and the groundwater basin.

Last year, Zone 7 received 5% of its water allocation from the SWP and deliveries were not made until Sept. 1, 2014.

"It isn't working to rely on the State Water Project for 80 percent of our water that is delivered via one pump station (Harvey O. Banks) and one pipeline (South Bay Aqueduct)," said Duarte.

He added that Zone 7 directed its retailers (DSRSD, the Cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and California Water Service Company) to reduce overall water use by 25% compared to 2013, and also to "seek alternative water supplies."

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Posted by Wanderer
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

Exactly what is needed during the drought instead of punitive restrictions

More should be done like this

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Posted by cut_25%
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 15, 2015 at 3:37 pm

That's all very nice, but soon that will not be an option. If people can't meet the 25% cut, then perhaps they've been "living beyond their means". I know there are people who claim all that they've done and still can't meet the goal. However, that's moot when the water stops.

The stories of ground levels dropping in the Central Valley because of ground water pumping should be a real eye opener. These underground storage areas will never be available again. The ground isn't just magically going to "go back up" to make room in the aquifer.

I'm firmly in favor of the 25% mandatory cut, and the penalty if it can't be done. There will be genuine cases that are an exception; but I do not believe everyone takes this seriously.

If the lawns must be returned to a more natural state, or cut back or made to look like a "Carmel lawn", then so be it. That's our drinking water going to keep it green; that's a bad choice. I'm not a "big government" person, but this is critical to our state. I'd back Gov. Brown in harsh measures on this one (never thought I'd say that.)

I've seen the "Recycled water" signs at houses, where, when I walk by in the early morning the sprinklers are going (one in particular in Birdland); so I take those signs with a grain of salt.

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm


Don't you think we should do something about capturing the 65% of fresh water we allow to escape into the Pacific Icean before we start punishing people? If we can keep at least half of that water from going back into the ocean we should be in pretty good shape.

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Posted by Jesse
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

A recent article in the LA times states that California has one year of water left. That's serious people!!
And tell me how building more homes and apts in Pleasanton is going to help that situation.
At some point it needs to be taken seriously that we cannot continue to add more people who will use more water!!!
If we don't have enough for those already here how in the world are we going to have enough for added households.
Mr Mayor would you care to answer that question??? OF COURSE NOT!

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