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The Community Services District board of directors approved a recycled water policy, introduced a change in the water code to accommodate a building code requirement to equip new homes with sprinkler systems, and were told water diversions from the Cosumnes River into community reservoirs could begin next week if the predicted rain arrives.

Stormy weather watch

If rain storms arrive to increase river flows as predicted, the CSD could begin diversions from the Cosumnes River as early as next week, Director of Field Operations Paul Siebensohn said. The reservoirs are currently 70 percent filled and the diversion season runs through May 31.

"Things are still looking good, at this point. We're just a little later in the season beginning diversions," Siebensohn said.

Sprinkler systems required for new homes

A new building code requirement for sprinkler systems in new homes is prompting a change in the district water code. "Our three-quarter-inch service line wouldn't provide enough water for the sprinklers, so we need to increase the minimum size," General Manager Ed Crouse said.

At Wednesday's meeting, the CSD introduced an ordinance that amends the code to accommodate the new county requirement. The ordinance will be adopted at the February board meeting.

CSD protests PTF water right application

In response to a question about the Improvements Committee meeting minutes, General Manager Ed Crouse said the CSD and neighboring rancher Jay Schneider are protesting a water right application the Pension Trust Fund for Operating Engineers filed about a year ago for the diversion of 80 acre-feet of water from the Cosumnes River for dust control at the Operating Engineers' training center. The PTF believes it has a riparian right to the water, Crouse said, "and there is a question about whether that property is truly riparian, following the chain of ownership and continuity adjacent to the river."

The CSD's water rights attorney is representing the district in the matter. "We're looking to protect our water right, both from a time-of-use and specific place-of-use, so that our primary water right is protected," Crouse said of the protest. "Jay Schneider is looking to protect riparian rights."

The protest period ends Feb. 1.

Recycled water code adopted

The board approved a district ordinance adopting the recycled water code. "This is the backbone, the high-level view of our rules, requirements, policies and regulations" for future recycled water use, General Manager Ed Crouse said. "There are two types of engineering efforts that we'll undertake as a result of this code. ... We're going to take a look at the most cost-effective means of providing recycled water to the various parts of the community. ... The second engineering effort ... is about the type of pipe, the type of valves, the type of meters, and everything else related to actual service."

Water plant repairs approved

The board approved a proposal for filter repairs at the water treatment plant at a not-to-exceed cost of $20,005.60. Funding comes from the operating budget for non-routine maintenance and repairs.

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