CSD revises GM's contract, allowing for less costly termination

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[Corrected Oct. 23] The Community Services District board took the unusual step of discussing an employee's contract -- in this case, the general manager's -- in open session Wednesday.

The board also fielded a complaint about the taste of the community's drinking water, received a report that wastewater carryover storage is a thing of the past, and approved funding for a $100,000 environmental project that represents half of a penalty levied against the district by a regulatory agency. Read more » about CSD revises GM's contract, allowing for less costly termination

CSD looks at new price structures to conserve water

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The Community Services District board is looking into charging more for the water residents use during the summer months and establishing pricing tiers so big water users will either pay a premium or mend their water-wasting ways.

The goal is to conserve water.

The district held the second in a series of pricing workshops this week. At the first workshop, in late July, a consultant discussed factors to be considered in setting rates. Directors and staff responded by selecting their top priorities -- efficient water use, spreading costs fairly, predictability of rates and maintaining the district's revenues. Read more » about CSD looks at new price structures to conserve water

Part of North asked to reschedule landscape watering

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The rehabilitation of the 1.2-million-gallon Rio Oso water tank is scheduled to begin this week, and the Community Services District has asked residents in Units 3 and 4 -- the area above the second Guadalupe Drive -- to curtail or reschedule landscape irrigation so it won't occur between 5 and 10 a.m. This will ensure there'll be enough water to meet peak morning water demands.

The rehabilitation project was delayed until an alternative delivery system was developed to compensate for having the 30-year-old metal tank off-line. The tank will be online by next summer when the million-dollar-plus rehabilitation project is completed, according to the CSD. Read more » about Part of North asked to reschedule landscape watering

RMA, CSD meetings Tuesday and Wednesday

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The Community Services District and Rancho Murieta Association boards will hold their regular monthly meetings Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, the CSD will hold a session on water rates to help promote conservation. Read more » about RMA, CSD meetings Tuesday and Wednesday

Reports of brown water after North service interruption

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The Community Services District received reports of discolored water from households on Puerto, Camino Del Lago, Camino Del Sol, Rio Oso and Orilla Way in Murieta North when water service resumed Thursday afternoon after a three-hour scheduled shutdown.

CSD General Manager Ed Crouse said the district received five complaints about brown water after service was restored in Units 3 and 4. He said workers are flushing water lines in the affected areas.

He asked residents who are experiencing the problem to notify the CSD by calling 354-3700, and to flush the lines in their homes until the water clears. Read more » about Reports of brown water after North service interruption

Water interruption Thursday for parts of North

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The Community Sevices District announced Tuesday that water service to Units 3 and 4 on the North will be shut off from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday as the district prepares to start its Rio Oso water tank rehabilitation project. The 1.2-million-gallon tank supplies about 30 percent of Murieta North households with potable water.

Notices about the interruption in water service were hung on the front doors of homes in Units 3 and 4 Tuesday afternoon.  Click the "attachment" link to see a CSD map of the affected area, which is the second Guadalupe and everything north of there. Read more » about Water interruption Thursday for parts of North

CSD acts to settle $200,000 wastewater fine

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[Edited Sept. 25] At Wednesday's board meeting, the Community Services District board cleared the way for a settlement totaling $200,000 for violations of the cease and desist order and wastewater discharge requirements last year. Read more » about CSD acts to settle $200,000 wastewater fine

CSD finds almost 1 home in 10 isn't being billed enough for water

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When Community Services District Director Bobbi Belton recently asked friends and neighbors about their water bills, she wanted to see how actual water usage compared with figures used in CSD planning documents.   

Instead, the small sampling revealed an ongoing problem with the community's water meters that cost the district about $4,000 in lost revenue in June. It also raised questions about the reliability of water usage data in the Integrated Water Master Plan the CSD adopted last year.

What Belton found was several households were being charged just the base rate for their water use because their water meters weren't monitoring the amount of water they actually used. Read more » about CSD finds almost 1 home in 10 isn't being billed enough for water

CSD maps a plan to handle wastewater and development

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After a half-dozen meetings over four months, the Community Services District board of directors has approved a plan for millions of dollars in options to deal with wastewater as the community grows.

CSD policy requires developers to pay their own way, but the realities of the highly regulated world of wastewater management mean everyone has a monetary stake in the decisions that are made now and 10 years from now. Read more » about CSD maps a plan to handle wastewater and development

Pump shutdown causes brief water pressure drop in North

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A pump shutdown at the Rio Oso water facility dropped water pressure in Units 3 and 4 of Murieta North, leaving some residents without water for a brief period Saturday morning. The pumps shut off after the water level in the 1.2-million-gallon Rio Oso tank fell to 10 feet, triggering a low-water alarm at about 9:30 a.m., according to Paul Siebensohn, Community Services District acting director of field services.

Siebensohn said CSD operation and utility crews restarted the pumps by 9:45 a.m. The pressurized system supplies about 30 percent of the community's potable water.

Siebensohn said a reduction in the water supply to the tank combined with high early morning water demand caused the problem. Read more » about Pump shutdown causes brief water pressure drop in North

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