Urban Water Plan
At its July 14, 2021, meeting the NID Board of Directors approved its Urban Water Use Management Plan which is a report to the state reviewing our urban water supply and demand. NID is required to submit the report every five years because it provides treated drinking water to more than the state’s reporting threshold of 3,000 customers. NID serves over 19,000 customer drinking water connections in Nevda and Placer County.
The plan includes an overview description of reliability of supplies, projected supplies and the strategy for meeting water needs; a description of existing and planned supply sources; estimates of past, present and projected water use; 5-year drought risk assessment; a description of the water shortage contingency plan/conservation program; and description of water conservation demand management measures already in place and planned.
We are all concerned about rate increases. We have just had over a decade of steady increases, and now a 7-8% increase per year for raw water customers over the next 5 years is being proposed. Even that won’t balance the budget.
As we all know, controlling rates is a matter of scaling back expenses and raising revenue. When the two management systems, the financial process (ERP), and the asset management (CMMS) are operational, the district will be in a far better position to control expenses. (See Projects page for details). The expected completion date is late 2021 or early 2022.
In addition, I have been advocating for increased investment in existing facilities, in particular, canal modernization to improve efficiency in raw water delivery, and for more rigorous cost/benefit analysis on all new projects.
On the revenue side, I am advocating to update all rate schedules and review existing municipal contracts to ensure everyone is paying their fair share. In addition, I am facilitating new connections for District taxpayers seeking NID service.
I am working to increase the transparency and accountability of NID. I successfully promoted holding board workshops as a part of the regular board meeting, not just so the board members hear the same depth of information about an item before voting on it, but so that staff would not have to present the same information up to three times before securing a decision on an item. An additional bonus for everyone is that the number of meetings has been reduced from six to two per month, making it easier for the public to track projects of concern to them. District board meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 9 am.
I’ve upgraded this website and will be activating my Facebook page. As the COVID restrictions are lessened, I’ll be reaching out to organizations in order to create an opportunity to interact with their membership. If you are a member of an organization, and would like me to come to speak, please let me know by filling out the contact form and putting that message in the Note section.
I’m also developing a newsletter which will come out quarterly on a regular basis and, occasionally, to send out announcements of important upcoming events. You can be put on that list by filling out the contact form as well.
The future of water in the Sierra is uncertain. More intense and warmer storms will expose the Bear and Yuba watersheds to increased erosion, threatening our water deliver infrastructure and filling reservoirs with sediment. I support the Districts’ work to protect our watersheds by restoring mountain meadows, increasing floodplain space along rivers and streams, evaluating opportunities for groundwater recharge, removing sediment from our reservoirs, and thinning the watershed forests for increased water supply and fire protection.
Examples of the work currently underway are the English Meadow Restoration project and the Scotts Flat and Rollins Lake Forest Improvement Project and the Sedimentation Review Project. Details are on the Projects Page.