Newsletter - May-June 2023
May 01, 2023
WATER SHORTAGE / DROUGHT MEASURES RESCINDED!
On March 30th, as a result of greatly improved hydrologic conditions and an increased supply allocation from the Central Valley Project, the Board of Directors rescinded Resolution 23-03 along with all shortage measures and overuse penalties, effective with all billings on or after April 1, 2023. Reclamation has confirmed that this will be considered an Unconstrained Year, as defined in their M&I Shortage Policy. Adequate water supply exists to allow full (unrestricted) water deliveries within the District for the remainder of the current Water Year ending February 29, 2024. Please continue to utilize water efficiently and practice conservation to save water and money.
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation bOLSTERS Central Valley Project 2023 water allocations
As a result of abundant precipitation and snowpack, reservoirs have filled and the water supply picture has improved significantly. On April 20, 2023, the Bureau of Reclamation increased the Valley Project 2023 water supply allocations for irrigation water service and repayment contractors. Irrigation water service and repayment contractors north-of-Delta are allocated 100% of their contract supply. Municipal and industrial water service and repayment contractors North-of-Delta are allocated 100% of their contract supply: https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/news-release/4493
2023 DISTRICT PROJECTS
3MG Water Storage Tank – The District is the recipient of a $2,000,000 matching grant award through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Drought Resiliency Program. The District will construct a new 3-million-gallon water storage tank and add supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) functionality to three existing wells. The project will facilitate conjunctive use and will improve the operational management of groundwater and surface water supplies. The project will also provide emergency water supplies and improve water supply reliability and drought mitigation. The project is currently in design. Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2023, continuing through 2024.
Moody Creek Drive Water Main Replacement Project – This project will replace approximately 2,600 feet of 8-inch water main, three existing water main tie-ins, water service laterals and meter boxes, one fire hydrant, one air valve assembly, one air valve reconnection, two blowoff valve assemblies, and associated appurtenances. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer and be completed by fall.
INTRODUCING FERTILIZER TABLETS OR ANY OTHER CHEMICAL INTO YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM REQUIRES A BACKFLOW PREVENTION DEVICE
Chemigation is the practice of injecting a chemical into irrigation water for delivery through the irrigation system to the crop or field. This practice is an efficient and effective method to apply chemicals (e.g. fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides) and has become a common practice in agriculture and is becoming more common in landscape irrigation systems. However, chemigation represents a high risk to the public water system and is strictly prohibited by the District unless a proper backflow prevention device is installed! Please contact the District office if you are planning to inject any chemicals into your irrigation system so that we can assist you in complying with backflow requirements, preventing any potential contamination of the public water system, and ensuring public health and safety. A Cross-Connection Fact Sheet is available on the District web site: https://www.bvwd.org/documents/503/Cross_Connection__backflow__Control_Program.pdf
ADOPT A HYDRANT AND REPORT TAMPERING AND WATER THEFT!
Fire hydrants provide a critically important fire suppression function for our region. Water theft and improper use of hydrants increase costs, may damage the hydrant, and cause damaging water hammer. Please consider “adopting” hydrants in your neighborhood by promptly reporting any use or tampering. The only authorized use of hydrants is by CAL FIRE or the local fire department, District Operators performing maintenance or necessary flushing, or by licensed contractors that have obtained a permit and are using a District issue hydrant meter. Please promptly report any hydrant tampering use to the District at (530) 241-1085.
BILLING PAYMENT OPTIONS
The District offers several payment methods to pay your bimonthly billing as follows:
Cash, Check, Money Order, Cashier’s Check (Mailed or in-person)
Draft payment through Invoice Cloud
Credit Card, Debit Card, PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay, Google Pay
through Invoice Cloud
$2.95 increasing to $3.45 per
transaction up to $300
The Invoice Cloud online web portal provides web-based information services to District customers. Customers can inquire about their account balance, usage history and make payments directly from the Invoice Cloud website. The system has been designed to secure your confidential account information and financial transactions. There is a 0.95 fee if using an e-check and a $2.95 transaction fee that is increasing to $3.45 per transaction up to $300 if using a debit/credit card for paying your bill online with Invoice Cloud. Customers must input their own account information. For security reasons, staff cannot take checking information. Customers that choose to utilize Invoice Cloud to pay their bill will still receive a billing statement in the mail. Online bill payments can be made through the District’s website at www.bvwd.org.