Last night, the Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors voted to rescind the mandatory drought restrictions under its “Level 2 Drought Alert” and move to voluntary conservation measures under its “Level 1 Drought Watch,” thereby ending restrictions on outdoor watering. Vallecitos customers may now irrigate any day of the week with no limit on the number of watering days, and may irrigate their landscapes as long as necessary. However, the Board expressed their desire to sustain water conservation as a permanent way of life and adopted a new ordinance permanently prohibiting wasteful practices, such as:
Visible signs of runoff when watering landscapes
Watering between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Watering within 48 hours of a measurable rain event
Hosing down hardscapes (patios, sidewalks, etc.)
Not using a shut-off nozzle when washing cars
Not fixing leaks within 48 hours of discovery
The District’s action was taken in response to the State Water Resources Control Board recently terminating water use reduction mandates and allowing water agencies to set their own water use targets based upon their specific supply conditions. Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, the newly adopted emergency regulation, which is in effect through January 2017, mandates that urban water suppliers act to ensure at least a three year supply of water to their customers under drought conditions.
A thorough analysis determined that Vallecitos has sufficient water supplies for its customers, even if drought conditions continue for the next three years; therefore, the District won’t be subject to state-mandated water-use reductions through January 2017. This is due largely to its customers who saved 25 percent since June 2015 and the fact that Vallecitos now receives a portion of its water directly from the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, which is a local, drought-resilient supply.
“Due to the exceptional conservation efforts by our customers and the foresight of the District to secure desalinated seawater, we are now able to give our customers greater flexibility when it comes to keeping trees, plants and vegetation alive,” said Vallecitos Board President, Mike Sannella. “We applaud our customers’ efforts and encourage them to continue to use water efficiently at all times.”
State indicates Vallecitos’ water conservation target will be reduced to sixteen percent due to desalinated water connection
The State Water Resources Control Board (State) posted draft adjusted water conservation standards which show the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) will now have a water conservation target of 16 percent. Previously, the State mandated a 24 percent reduction in potable water use for Vallecitos from 2013 demands. The eight percent reduction is based on the fact that Vallecitos now receives up to 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant. Vallecitos is currently the only retail water provider that has a direct connection to the Desalination Plant.
Desalinated water is now a major component of Vallecitos’ water portfolio, further minimizing the District’s reliance on imported water and providing customers an increased level of reliability despite drought and other regulatory issues. It now makes up 27 percent of the District’s annual supply and is enough water to meet the needs of more than 8,100 families for one year.
Vallecitos Water District Delivers Desalinated Water
The Vallecitos Water District is now receiving high-quality desalinated water directly from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California. The direct connection pipe, located at the corner of Pawnee and Cherokee Streets in San Marcos, will deliver as much as 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually to Vallecitos’ distribution system. This equates to approximately 27 percent of the District’s annual supply and is enough water to meet the needs of more than 8,100 families for one year.
Desalinated water is now a major component of Vallecitos’ water portfolio, further minimizing the District’s reliance on imported water and providing customers an increased level of reliability despite drought and other regulatory issues. Vallecitos is currently one of two water providers that have a direct connection to the Desalination Plant.
“It’s exciting to be a major participant in this effort,” said Vallecitos Board Vice President Craig Elitharp. “The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation.”
The plant is located near the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad. The facility produces 50 million gallons of water per day from Carlsbad’s Aqua Hedionda Lagoon using a state-of-the-art, reverse osmosis system. To learn more about the Carlsbad Desalination Plant and its operation, visit their website at www.carlsbaddesal.com. Tours of the desalination plant will be available starting in February. To make reservations, sign up at: http://carlsbaddesal.com/visit.
Economics of Water
California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Extended Learning will host the third forum of its free series, “Fresh Perspectives on California’s Water Future” with a session on “Economics of Water.”
“Economics of Water” – November 18th, 2015, 6:30 – 8:30pm, CSUSM University Student Union 2310
Who pays and who bene
fits? This evening will delve into an anatomy of the financial aspects of water supply, competing market interests and pricing strategies.
Moderator: Dr. Timothy Quinn, Executive Director, ACWA Association of California Water Agencies Panelist: Paul Wenger, Executive Director, California Farm Bureau Federation
Panelist: Dr. David Tuthill, Former Executive Director, Idaho Department of Water Resources, President, Idaho Water Engineering
Panelist: Tom Scaglione, Assistant General Manager & Chief Financial Officer, Vallecitos Water District, CSUSM Faculty for Certificate in Water Resources Management & Leadership
This forum series is hosted and coordinated by the faculty and staff of the Certificate in Water Resources Management & Leadership. Created in conjunction with policy makers, experts and water industry leaders, the Certificate in Water Resources Management and Leadership is a unique program that focuses on the financial, legal, climatological, environmental, technical and cultural issues industry leaders face in today’s complex and changing environment.
For more information or to register: http://www.csusm.edu/el/water or 760-750-4004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vallecitos Water District’s Dennis O. Lamb Named General Manager of the Year
Dennis O. Lamb, General Manager of the Vallecitos Water District, was selected as the 2015 General Manager of the Year by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). The award was presented to Lamb during the Awards Luncheon at the CSDA Annual Conference in Monterey, California on September 23, 2015.
Lamb was selected for his outstanding experience, effectiveness and leadership of the Vallecitos Water District as well as his contributions to the water community. “Dennis is truly deserving of this award,” said Betty Evans, President of Vallecitos’ Board of Directors. “I think his award is a great reflection on what a truly outstanding District we have.”
Lamb has been with the Vallecitos Water District for over 30 years and was promoted to General Manager in 2010. Over the course of his tenure, Lamb has advocated for water supply diversification strategies, like the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, due to come on-line this winter. Lamb has implemented many cost-saving measures which have resulted in Vallecitos’ rates consistently staying below the County average. He is also heavily involved in water education programs and helped to establish the Water Resources Management and Leadership program at California State University San Marcos.
The California Special Districts Association is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy and other services for all types of independent special districts.
VALLECITOS TO HOST DESALINATION WORKSHOPS IN CONJUNCTION WITH “IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER”
San Marcos, CA – The Vallecitos Water District is joining the Value of Water Coalition to participate in the national campaign, “Imagine A Day Without Water.” This national campaign will educate the public about the need for water infrastructure investments. To raise awareness on the region’s own infrastructure project, the District will host two workshops about how desalinated water from Poseidon Water’s Carlsbad Desalination Plant will be incorporated into the Vallecitos water distribution system.
The workshops will be held on October 6 and November 2, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the District’s Boardroom, located at 201 Vallecitos De Oro in San Marcos. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
The workshops will include speakers from Poseidon Water and the District’s Engineering and Operations Departments. Presenters will provide information on the Carlsbad Desalination Plant’s infrastructure and will address water quality, water taste and water aroma changes. Following the presentations, time will be allotted for attendees to comment and ask questions.
The Desalination Plant is scheduled to come online in November 2015, providing Vallecitos customers with over 4,000 acre feet (1 acre foot equals 325,851 gallons) of water annually. Vallecitos will see up to 27 percent of its long-term annual supplies drawn from local sources, easing reliance on imported supplies and providing the District with an increased level of sustainability.
Night work scheduled for Rancho Santa Fe Road Aug. 25 and Aug. 26
Posted Date: 8/25/2015 8:00 AM
On Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 26 traffic lanes along Rancho Santa Fe Road at 9th Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction between 9 pm and 7 am to accommodate water line repair work by Vallecitos Water District.
Although two-way traffic will be maintained on Rancho Santa Fe Road, some minor traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during work hours.
For more information please contact Vallecitos Water District, www.vwd.org.
VALLECITOS WATER DISTRICT CUSTOMERS REDUCE WATER USE BY 31 PERCENT
The Vallecitos Water District congratulates its customers for taking steps to reduce their water usage by 31 percent in June compared to 2013 levels. This equates to a reduction of 555.3 acre-feet of water, which could provide water for more than 1,100 families for one year. Customers also reduced water use 38 percent in May when compared to 2013 levels.
“We would like to thank our customers for making conservation a priority,” said Betty Evans, President of the Vallecitos Water District’s Board of Directors. “Unfortunately the drought is not over. The State’s reservoirs are still very low and the mountain ranges are virtually bare of snow. It’s imperative that our customers continue to conserve as the drought emergency will be in effect through February 2016.”
Abnormally high rainfall and lower temperatures in May and June have likely impacted water savings, encouraging people to shut off their irrigation systems. Outdoor watering accounts for more than half of a typical household’s water use in California. As temperatures climb, so does water use. This summer, the District is encouraging customers to follow these steps as an easy way to save large amounts of water.
Follow all drought restrictions, including irrigating only two days per week, eight minutes per station.
Inspect your irrigation system for leaks, broken, clogged or misaligned sprinkler heads.
To avoid runoff, position sprinklers so that water lands on the lawn or garden, not in areas where it is not needed. Stop watering when puddles or runoff occurs.
Water trees and shrubs deeply and infrequently.
Grass can survive during periods of drought. It can regenerate when water becomes available. Reduce foot traffic on stressed turf areas.
Avoid planting in hot, dry weather, which can easily stress plants. Wait until autumn to plant new landscapes.
Recognize that your landscape cannot look its best during a hot, dry summer.
Vallecitos Water District Users Cuts Water Use By 38 Percent in May
Statewide water use was cut 29%.
Conservation efforts by the San Elijo Hills Community Association with cuts in common area irrigation and efforts by homeowners in San Elijo Hills, is reflecting in the 29% reduction in May for Vallecitos Water District.
Come join us this Saturday, June 20th to celebrate the start of one of our favorite seasons! The event will be held from 12:00PM–3:00PM at the upper sports field (Hilltop Field) of San Elijo Park.
Activities will include crafts, carnival games, airbrush tattoos, bounce houses, musical entertainment, food, refreshments and other fun surprises! Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and camera to take lots of fun pictures!
Please note: this event is for San Elijo Hills residents only. If you have any questions about the Summer Celebration or community in general, please contact the Community Director at email@example.com or (760) 798-9015.
Movie Night July 10th
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a FREE showing of Paddington (rated PG) as part 2 of our summer movie series!
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).
Paddington will be shown on Friday, July 10th at the upper sports field (Hilltop Field) of San Elijo Park. Pre-show activities (including bounce houses, a sticky wall and more!) will begin at 6:00PM and the movie will start at sunset (around 8:00PM). Remember to bring your low-back beach chairs and blankets for lawn seating!
A few food trucks will be there, and will have a variety of food & refreshments for purchase. A portion of the food truck proceeds benefit the San Elijo Hills Foundation.
The PACE Car Campaign was originally triggered by a long-time resident of San Elijo Hills. Her idea stemmed from the concept of PACE Cars and how they help set the pace during a race.
-What if every resident was driving the speed limit in SEH?
-How would that affect the pace of traffic through the community?
-Can we as residents help set the pace in SEH?
Let’s find out! By building on this PACE Car concept & getting residents to commit to being vigilant about the traffic limits around our community, we believe, together, we can create a culture of safety in SEH.
Anyone who lives in SEH is encouraged to TAKE THE PACE PLEDGE. In exchange for your pledge, the SEH Foundation will provide you with a special SEH PACE Car sticker for your car window. Not only will seeing this sticker remind you to drive the speed limit, it will also serve as a moving billboard that reminds others around you to consider doing the same.
The San Elijo Hills Community Association supports the individual action by community members to address issues that affect us all, however, as a reminder, the streets within the community are public and under the purview of the City of San Marcos. The Association has no direct enforcement ability with regard to speeding, parking, or other traffic related concerns”
San Elijo Hills Events
You may be wondering why all recent events have been scheduled for the upper Hilltop field. The City of San Marcos has required all of our events are located on the Hilltop (most upper field) as a result of damage to the ball fields. Based on concerns by local organizations, the fields have been off limits so that the turf has time to “heal.” The Association is making every effort possible to schedule future events at the ball fields.
Community Director News
Special Delivery! Liz McCardle continues to compliment the Management team and has now transitioned as the new onsite Community Director. Liz will also continue supporting the Board of Directors and Architectural Review Committee through the management of community-building activities and the architectural approval process. Interested in modifying your yard? Freshening up the paint to your home? Now you may simply complete an Architectural Application along with the necessary plans and head on down to the Visitor’s Center! Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or by firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other Association related matters, please contact the Community Association Manager, Rebecca McDonald, or her assistant Michael Farinelli at 760-431-2522.
Water Restrictions Effective June 1st
On May 20, 2015, Vallecitos’ Board of Directors adopted emergency drought restrictions under Ordinance 195 that limits all outdoor irrigation, excluding certified agricultural or commercial growers, during the months of June through October to 2 unassigned days per week/8 minutes per station. If demands are not reduced by 24%, additional enforcement may be needed and the District may need to reduce watering to 1 assigned day per week.
Please remember to keep your yard weed free and maintained to ensure our community continues to look its best!
Fourth of July Celebrations
There are several spots around town to celebrate the 4th of July in true patriotic fashion! Here are a few that you may want to check out:
San Marcos 4th of July Celebration
Location: Bradley Park, Rancho Santa Fe Road and Linda Vista Drive, San Marcos
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Carnival games, jumpers, food and fireworks!
Red, White and BOOM!
Location: LEGOLAND California – One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad
Time: Fireworks at 8:30 PM
Take the whole family and spend the day enjoying over 60 rides, shows and attractions along with some all-American picnic games like burlap races and water-balloon tosses and then top it off with an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to patriotic music.
San Diego County Fair 4th of July Celebration
Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Time: Starts at 9:30 AM, Fireworks at 9:00 PM
Start off the day at the Fair with a patriotic opening ceremony at 9:30 AM, then enjoy the Hometown Heroes Parade at 7:00 PM, a concert provided by the Navy Band Southwest followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Firework displays subject to change. Be sure to confirm the shows prior to attending!
Committee Members Needed
Do you enjoy hiking, biking or strolling any of the 18 miles of trails in San Elijo Hills? Are you looking for a way to become more involved in the community? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions then you may be perfectly suited to serve on the Trails Committee! The Committee is dedicated to keeping our trails safe and beautiful. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca McDonald at email@example.com for more information.
*This website – San Elijo Life is independent from the developer San Elijo Hills Development Company and the San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA). The HOA updates are provided as a service to our readership. …Enjoy Life in The Hills.