City's Community Engagement Plan, Update on EIR Comments, and  Summer Curtailment Update
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Project Update & Related News

Monthly Project Update and Related News
October 2, 2013


City's Community Engagement Plan on Water Supply to be Presented at October 8th City Council Meeting

On August 20, Mayor Hilary Bryant and City Manager Martin Bernal issued a joint statement on the scwd2 Regional Desalination Project calling for additional public engagement on the City’s water supply. The council will discuss this at their October 8th meeting.  To access the City Council’s webpage, click here.

Update on EIR Comments Received

With over 400 comments received on the proposed regional scwd2 Desalination Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), staff and consultants are still continuing to process all the comments to complete the scwd2 Draft EIR Public Review Summary Report.  Processing of the comments has taken some time because written comments were submitted in many different forms (email, fax, regular mail)  and additional work was needed to catalog, remove duplications, etc. to prepare the summary report so the public can navigate through the comment letters.  This summary report will be posted on the project website in mid-October.

While the summary report will include all of the noticing, mailers, public meeting handouts/presentations, and the oral and written comments received, it will not include responses to the comments.  The EIR team will need more time to conduct any additional studies and prepare responses.

Summertime Water Shortage Update

We’re in the last month of the summertime cutbacks which will end October 31.   Between May and October, the City and District both set overall water use reduction goals as a result of below-normal rainfall conditions.

The City declared a Stage 1 water alert asking customers to reduce use by five percent and has met its goal for the last four months with Loch Lomond Reservoir just under 75% capacity at the end of September.    This reduction is aimed at helping maintain the reservoir at or above 75 percent of its total capacity by the end of the season.  

The  District called for a 15% reduction under its Stage 2 water shortage warning and reports reaching about half of its goal for June, July, and August.  September's data is not yet available. 

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