New field prompts spat between CSD, RMA

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The Community Services District and the Rancho Murieta Association are at odds about providing water to a new playing field, and they differ about the size of the field as well. CSD General Manager Joe Blake contends the field occupies four acres, and CSD water hook-up fees of close to $190,000 have been triggered for metering, water augmentation and water treatment capacity. RMA General Manager Greg Vorster maintains that RMA has permission from the CSD to use metered water from Stonehouse Park on a temporary basis to irrigate a field that occupies less than an acre of the 14-acre Escuela site. Read more » about New field prompts spat between CSD, RMA

Twice-a-week irrigation limits begin today

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A mandatory two-day-a-week irrigation schedule goes into effect today as the Rancho Murieta Community Services District prepares to shut down Water Treatment Plant #1 to construct an expanded and upgraded  plant. The community will depend on Water Treatment Plant #2 for potable water production during the project. Read more » about Twice-a-week irrigation limits begin today

Where does RM rank among water users?

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This morning’s Bee has a look at how water agencies around California are addressing water conservation goals. Where does Rancho Murieta rank? Read more » about Where does RM rank among water users?

CSD enacts mandatory water restrictions

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The Rancho Murieta Community Services District board of directors voted last week for mandatory water restrictions that limit landscape watering to two days a week effective Sept. 1. The board took the action to reduce water use while one phase of the water treatment plant is shut down for construction of a new plant in its place, and to comply with a state requirement for a 20 percent reduction in water use. Read more » about CSD enacts mandatory water restrictions

First the drought, now water plant shutdown

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Cosumnes in August

Last week, the Cosumnes River was doing its August impersonation of a moist ditch.

Some would say the drought ended for Rancho Murieta when the Community Services District was able to fill Lakes Calero, Clementia and Chesbro this spring. But with the statewide drought predicted to continue and a phase of the water treatment plant shutting down in September, conservation isn’t an option, it’s a necessity. Read more » about First the drought, now water plant shutdown

New CSD GM hits the ground running

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After a month on the job, Joe Blake, the new general manager of the Community Services District, presented plans for the district’s future last week. The July CSD board meeting also featured updates on the water treatment plant project and conservation efforts, and began the process for Mello-Roos financing for new development. Read more » about New CSD GM hits the ground running

Chesbro road will close for plant work

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The Community Services District says initial staging of equipment and materials for the community's water treatment plant expansion will begin this week.  Part of the dirt road around Lake Chesbro will be closed for 24 hours starting Friday.

A CSD announcement said they will try to control dust with a natural product, lignosulfate, that will be applied Friday morning on the dirt road at the northwest end of Chesbro, near the hilltop parking area that adjoins Puerto Drive and Camino Del Lago.  The substance needs 12 to 24 hours to dry, so a stretch of the road will be closed. 

An alternate route will be open instead, as can be seen in the announcement, which appears as a linked attachment at the end of this story.  The announcement includes a map. Read more » about Chesbro road will close for plant work

CSD approves deal on water treatment plant

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[News brief published May 22]  At its meeting Wednesday, the Community Services District board of directors approved an agreement with developer interests that provides funding for the water treatment plant expansion and allows the $12.8 million project to move forward. The board also addressed its effort to bring security cameras to Rancho Murieta and received an annual report on trash collection in the community. Read more » about CSD approves deal on water treatment plant

What drought? CSD sidesteps water directive

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The CSD won't require Murietans to cut lawn watering to twice a week after a legal opinion said the state's water proclamation cutbacks were voluntary, not mandatory.

Residents will be able to water their landscaping up to three times a week despite a proclamation from Governor Brown that calls for limiting outdoor watering to a maximum of twice a week. Although the Rancho Murieta Community Services District initially viewed compliance as a given, a legal opinion from district legal counsel now has the CSD viewing the water use provisions as requests, not mandates. Read more » about What drought? CSD sidesteps water directive

Landscape watering limited to twice a week

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Landscape watering will be limited to a maximum of twice a week under an executive order issued by Governor Brown. The order overrides a decision the Rancho Murieta Community Services District made last month to reduce the community's drought response and allow watering three days a week. The CSD and other water agencies will update the state on their efforts to reduce water use and the effectiveness of these efforts, according to the drought proclamation.

"The driest months are still to come in California and extreme drought conditions will get worse," Governor Brown was quoted as saying in issuing the April 25 proclamation.  Throughout the state, residents are being asked to reduce their water use 20 percent. Read more » about Landscape watering limited to twice a week

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