Keeping you substantively informed on important projects throughout LVMWD and the JPA (Joint Powers Authority).
Helping Customers Save Money with Advanced Metering; Smart Meters will Reduce Water Use and Save Money - January 14, 2019
On November 13, 2018, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Board of Directors authorized staff to enter into a contract with UtiliWorks Consulting, LLC to assist with the procurement of Automated Meter Reading (AMR) / Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), commonly referred to as Smart Meters. Benefits of utilizing Smart Meters include: improved customer service by allowing individuals to see their hourly/daily water use and track usage as compared to their monthly budgets, timely leak detection to prevent substantial property damage and/or unnecessary costs and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by keeping meter reading vehicles off the road. The Smart Meters will assist with State mandated efforts to be more water-efficient and could help reduce water use by up to 10 percent or 2,000 acre-feet per year. The new meters and associated infrastructure are expected to cost between $10 and $12 million – an investment already made by many other utilities throughout the State. The procurement process will take approximately 12 months with initial installations occurring soon after. The installation process will take another one to two years.
Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan Reduces Dependence on Imported Water and Provides Savings to Customers - December 5, 2018
On June 12, 2018, staff for Las Virgenes Municipal Water District presented the 2018 Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan to the Board of Directors. The Plan showcases two new conservation giveaway programs, more one-on-one consultations for customers who routinely exceed their water budgets, and an aggressive outreach effort. Up to 1,000 rain barrels and 2,000 weather based irrigation controllers will be given away to customers over the course of the next two years starting in early 2019. The District anticipates that implementation of the Plan will save 2.7 billion gallons of water over the next 20 years at a cost of approximately $1.1 million. The additional cost to deliver this much water to the District from Northern California via the State Water Project would be approximately $8.4 million. These savings reduce our dependence on importing water and ultimately save our valued customers’ money. For the complete Conservation Plan, visit LVMWD.com/conservation.
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller can be programmed
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Transforming Recycled Water into Drinking Water - November 1, 2018
The Joint Powers Authority comprised of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Sanitation District took another step forward in its quest to bring water full circle by approving plans for the Pure Water Demonstration Facility. This pilot plant is the precursor for a $100 million water purification plant that will be completed by 2030 and provide 1.6 billion gallons per year of locally-sourced drinking water. The source water for the pilot and full-scale plants will be from highly treated recycled water currently used for irrigation or discharged into Malibu Creek. The pilot plant, scheduled for completion in late 2019, will evaluate advanced purification technologies including reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection, ensuring that the water meets all drinking-water standards. The facility will be located at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Headquarters in Calabasas and will provide the means for designers to test various purification systems, operators to undergo training and the public to view the process in action.
(photo - Rendering of the pilot advanced water treatment process for the Pure Water Demonstration Facility to be located at 4232 Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.)