Category Archives: Vallecitos Water District

Traffic Update: S. Twin Oaks Valley Road reopens to through traffic; lane closures remain in place

After a water main break on Thursday, July 19 forced full lane closures along, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, lanes reopened to through traffic on Friday, July 20; however, motorists can expect continued northbound lane closures along S. Twin Oaks Valley Road between Barham Drive and Campus Marketplace. In addition to the lane closures, southbound left turn lanes at Campus Marketplace remain closed.

According to Vallecitos Water District, the water main break was caused by a corroded pipe; however, the cause of the corrosion is still under investigation.

Crews are currently working to repair the water main and are expected to begin restoring the roadway throughout the evening of Friday, July 20.

Asphalt restoration is expected to begin Saturday, July 21 from 4 am to 5 pm. As work progresses, northbound lane closures will shift and a single southbound lane closure will be in place.  The far left northbound lane of S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and the southbound turn lane at Campus Marketplace will remain closed while crews complete necessary median restoration.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control and use alternate routes if possible.

All water main and roadway repairs are expected to be completed by 4 pm on Sunday, July 22 with all S. Twin Oaks Valley Road lanes reopening by 5 pm of the same day. Delays in work schedule may occur.

For more information about the main break, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

For more information about traffic control in place, contact the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 410-4433. For the latest lane closure information, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

S. Twin Oaks Valley closed at Cal State San Marcos due to water main break- 07/19/2018 5:00 PM

Due to an unexpected water leak, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road near California State University San Marcos is closed in both directions as crews work to assess the situation and complete repairs. Expect delays and detours for several days.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control measures, look for alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.  Updates will be posted as they become available at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

For more information about the main break, water quality or other water issues, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

Sketch: Water Department Impostors Stole $100,000 in Cash and Jewels – NBC 7 San Diego

Deputy investigators released a composite sketch Thursday of a man they say impersonated a water district employee and stole $100,000 in cash and jewelry from an 83-year-old woman in the North County. On May 23, the sketched suspect knocked on Diane Blackwell’s door and told her he was from the local water department and needed to inspect her plumbing. Once inside he lured Blackwell to the backyard of the home and “inspected” her hoses and hot tub. He even pulled a chair out for her so she could sit and ste

Source: Sketch: Water Department Impostors Stole $100,000 in Cash and Jewels – NBC 7 San Diego

Scam Alert!

If someone comes to your home claiming to be from Vallecitos, ask for identification. All Vallecitos employees carry a photo ID issued from the District. Do not let the person in your home if you did not schedule a service appointment. If in doubt, call us at (760) 744-0460 to confirm that the person at your door is a District employee or contact your local law enforcement agency if you feel threatened.

Transparency Certificate of Excellence Awarded to Vallecitos Water District

The Vallecitos Water District received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. California SDLF Public Affairs Field Coordinator, Chris Palmer, and California SDLF Board Member, Jo MacKenzie, were on hand to recognize Vallecitos for completing the essential requirements.

“This award is a testament to Vallecitos Water District’s commitment to both open and transparent government,” said Jim Hernandez, Board President. “The entire District is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight.” To receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.

For more than 60 years, Vallecitos Water District has been the community’s water and wastewater specialists, providing water, wastewater, and reclamation services to San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; parts of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista and other unincorporated areas in north San Diego County. The Vallecitos Water District currently serves a population of more than 100,000 within its 45-square-mile boundary.

SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.

 

Vallecitos Water District receives Re-accreditation as a “District of Distinction”

Vallecitos Water District receives Re-accreditation as a “District of Distinction”

San Marcos, CA – On April 4, 2018, the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) was honored for achieving re-accreditation as a “District of Distinction” by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). This accreditation is designed as a way for districts to highlight their prudent fiscal practices along with other areas important to effectively operate and govern a special district. California SDLF Public Affairs Field Coordinator, Chris Palmer, was on hand to recognize Vallecitos for completing the essential governance requirements. This is the second time Vallecitos has received this biannual accreditation.

“SDLF provides an independent audit review of the last three years of the District’s operations to ensure prudent fiscal practices,” said Neil McCormick, SDLF Chief Executive Officer. The committee members who review the audits are volunteers from the special district community, including district controllers, directors of finance and general managers. SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.

To receive the recognition, Vallecitos’ website must include posting of transparency requirements, including: election procedures and deadlines, posted board meeting schedules and agendas, current District budget, most recent financial audit, and a list of compensation of Board members and staff or a link to the State Controller’s webpage with the data. Vallecitos’ Board of Directors and executive staff must also show proof of educational training in public governance, as well as compliance with ethics and harassment prevention training.

“This award is proof of the District’s commitment to good government,” said Vallecitos Board President Jim Hernandez. “The Board of Directors, along with District staff, are to be commended for their efforts to highlight our prudent fiscal practices and sound policies in the areas of governance, board conduct and transparency.”

Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with its annual reorganization, naming Jim Hernandez Board President for 2018

Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with its annual reorganization, naming Jim Hernandez Board President for 2018

San Marcos, CA – At a regular meeting held on Wednesday, December 6 , 2017 , the Vallecitos Water District Board of Directors voted to move forward with their annual reorganization. Jim Hernandez was elected to serve as president and Hal Martin was elected to serve as vice president for 2018.

President Jim Hernandez, Division 2 representative, was elected to th e Board in 2010 . Jim is an architect and small business owner and has lived in San Marcos for over 40 years. After serving in the United States Marine Corps , he attended Palomar College while working locally , and continued his education at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly, Pomona). Jim was a San Marcos Planning Commissioner for 14 years, past president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos and Palomar College Founda tion. He was a community volunteer on various San Marcos City task force s and community projects , some of which include the Water Ways Taskforce, Ridge Line Ordinance, Creek Street Specific Plan, Chairman of the University District Specific Plan , and the f ounder of the San Marcos Boulevard Christmas Lights. Jim and his wife Barbara have been married for more than 28 years and have four children and two grandchildren.

Vice President Hal Martin, Division 5 representative, was elected to the Vallecitos Board in 2012 and again in 2016. He served as President in 2014. Previously, he was elected to the San Marcos City Council for four terms and a total of 16 years from 1996 to 2012, when he was termed out . He represented the City Council on the League of Californ ia Cities and served on the statewide environmental board for the League from 1996 to 1998. He served on the City’s Planning Commission from 1991 to 1996 and was on the Board of Directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce for three years. Additionally, Hal served as an alternate for the North County Transit District, North County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority and SANDAG . He has also been active with the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos for more than 26 years. Hal is a professional photographer and has owned Focus on U Wedding Photography in San Marcos since 1990. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce named him Business Person of the Year in 1996.

Hernandez and Martin are joined by three Directors who round out the Vallecitos Board: Directors Betty Evans, Division 1; Craig Eli tharp, Division 3; and Mike Sannella, Division 4. The Board meets regularly the first and third Wednesday of the month at 5 :00 p.m. in Vallecitos’ Administration Building, located at 201 Vallecitos de Oro, in San Marcos. Meetings are open to the public and recorded for viewing on San Marcos television . Please visit www.san – marcos.net/smtv

for a complete programming schedule.

For complete biographies of the Vallecitos Board , go to www.vwd.org/Board

PAVING ON SAN ELIJO ROAD ON OCTOBER 2, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

PAVING ON SAN ELIJO ROAD ON OCTOBER 2, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

San Marcos, CA — The Vallecitos Water District is hiring an asphalt repair contractor to repair a portion of southbound San Elijo Road just south of Baker Street/Cooke Street on October 2nd between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. One southbound lane will be closed. Schools, businesses and residents may experience increased truck and equipment traffic, minor traffic delays, lane closures, odors and noise during the work.

For more information and to view the latest updates, go to www.vwd.org or call 760-744-0460.

A Message from the District Regarding Lead Testing

A message from SAN MARCOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Good afternoon San Marcos Families,

As you may have seen in the media, there was a drinking fountain that was recently removed from San Marcos Middle School after it was discovered to have a higher level of lead than is considered safe.

It is critical to San Marcos Unified to ensure that the water used by our students, staff, and community is safe.  In addition to having the water tested at all of our school locations, we also wanted to provide information to our community regarding the steps leading up to this action.

What resulted in San Marcos Unified School District conducting tests at three District schools?

Following the event in Flint (Michigan), The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) amended the permit for all public water system in California in order to mandate free lead testing in schools, if requested by the school district.

While not required, Vallecitos Water District notified the District of this new mandate from the SWRCB.  The mandate became effective in January 2017.

Why did the District choose to test Alvin Dunn Elementary, Richland Elementary, and San Marcos Middle School?

In 1986, the use of lead solder was banned from use in joining copper pipes.  These three schools were originally constructed prior to 1986.  All other schools in the District were constructed or renovated after 1986.

What are the measurement standards?

The current standards followed by the Vallecitos Water District were developed and implemented by the United States EPA in 1991.  The standards state that the Action Level (AL) for lead is 15 ug/L.  This is defined to mean “micrograms per liter” or “parts per billion”.

The Department of Drinking Water regulations state that any results at 15 ug/L or less are considered safe.

What were the results of the tests conducted?

At Alvin Dunn Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At Richland Elementary, five samples were collected.  All results were below the 15 ug/L Action Level.

At San Marcos Middle School, five samples were collected.  Four results were below the 15 ug/L Action while one sample was above.

What does this mean and what did the District do?

It is important to note that the water received from Vallecitos Water District meets current standards and regulations.

In this instance, the sample from a fixture (drinking fountain) at San Marcos Middle School had a higher level greater than 15 ug/L.  When the District was notified of the results, the fixture was removed from service.

The District is also making arrangements to have additional tests conducted at other locations at San Marcos Middle School.

Have there been any illnesses reported due to this drinking fountain?

No.  There have not been any reports of illness that are due to or can be traced back to this drinking fountain.

What can I do if I’m worried about my child having lead poisoning?

You can contact the California Department of Public Health – Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 619-692-8487. The best recommendation we can offer is to take your child to their general physician for blood tests.

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