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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.

SAN ELIJO HILLS RESIDENT RUNNING FOR VALLECITOS WATER BOARD

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Wayne Ludwig and his wife Cindy have lived in the San Elijo Hills area of San Marcos since 2002, both working for the Department of the Navy. Wayne currently serves the Navy Region Southwest (NRSW) Region Safety and Health Program Director, providing myriad opportunities to serve the interests of federal, state and local government personnel and taxpayers.

Wayne is running for a seat on the Vallecitos Water Board, Division 5 this November. His 33 years working for the Department of the Defense and Department of Navy have led to an extensive amount of training and education in many disciplines and areas of Public Works operations.

If elected, Wayne’s intentions are to unify the Water Board, provide proactive leadership and reestablish trust and accountability to the board, Vallecitos employees and all rate payers. His plan is to arrest all favoritism, bias and unfair practices that currently plague the board and rate payers. “I am running for election because as a rate payer, and given the present fractious nature of the Board, there are myriad problems I can help fix,” he stated. “Furthermore, the present Board has granted unnecessary and very questionable favors to developers, which only serve to degrade and diminish the future of the Vallecitos Water District.”

You can find out more by visiting his website at wayneludwig.com or via email at Ludwigfw@gmail.com

*San Elijo Life Editors note-This is not an endorsement and we welcome campaign statements from all candidates.

Vallecitos Water District to Host Blood Drive

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Vallecitos Water District to Host Blood Drive 

San Marcos, CA — To help combat summer blood shortages, Vallecitos Water District is hosting a community blood drive on Thursday, August 11, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The blood drive will be held in the District’s parking lot located at 201 Vallecitos De Oro in San Marcos.

The need for blood in San Diego and around the country remains constant. In San Diego alone, nearly 400 pints per day are needed for area hospitals.  However, during summer months, inventories often decrease when regular donors take vacation and schools are on break.  This is why Vallecitos Water District is reaching out to their staff and the community, asking for donors to come forward during this critical time.

To schedule an appointment, call the San Diego Blood Bank at 1-800-469-7322 or schedule online at http://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/, using the sponsor code: VWDT.

Blood donors must be at least 17 year’s old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health.  Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to giving blood and drink plenty of water.  Photo ID is required at donation time.

San Elijo Pump Station Ribbon Cutting

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San Elijo Hills Pump Station

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marking completion of the San Elijo Pump Station that will provide Vallecitos Water District with treatment services from Olivenhain Municipal Water District’s (OMWD) David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant via an existing interconnection. The pump will allow Vallecitos to pump water from the OMWD Elfin forest area dam and treatment facility to the Vallecitos Water District Stephanie Court tank in San Elijo Hill’s and provide water for San Elijo Hills and Western San Marcos and some of Carlsbad. This will mean that San Elijo Hills is not getting Desalinization water from the Poseidon plant in Carlsbad. Other areas in San Marcos are getting a percentage of it’s water from the new desalinization plant. This local efficiency will help all of North County San Diego.

Under the agreement signed between the two agencies in 2012, Vallecitos Water District  will purchase a minimum of 2,750 acre-feet per year of treatment services from Olivenhain Municipal Water District, roughly the amount of water required to supply 5,500 households.

This partnership is mutually beneficial for ratepayers of both agencies. Vallecitos Water District  will purchase treatment services from OMWD at a lower rate than is offered by regional water wholesalers, reducing the per-unit purchase cost of water. Meanwhile, Olivenhain Municipal Water District will sell surplus treatment services, offsetting water treatment costs, and improve efficiency by running its plant at full capacity.

The San Elijo Hills Pump Station won an Award of Merit for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

 

Registration is now open for CSUSM’s course in Water Management Fundamentals

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Registration is now open for CSUSM’s course in Water Management Fundamentals

San Marcos, CA – Registration is now open for the “Survey of Water Management Fundamentals and Practice in California” course offered through Extended Learning at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). While open to all interested in the water industry, this course is also the required core class for the Water Management and Leadership Certificate program that will continue through the summer of 2017.

Developed in collaboration with local industry leaders including the Vallecitos Water District, this core class incorporates the study of regional water usage and sources, disposal and recycling, water infrastructure, impact of water shortage as well as career opportunities in water management. Participants will meet for eight three-hour evening lectures by the leading water resources expert, Ken Weinberg, and other local water experts, and two Saturday tours of local state-of-the-art water facilities.

The initial survey course will be offered at the San Marcos campus on Tuesday evenings beginning March 29 from 6:00-8:50 pm. To register or to learn more about the Water Management Program or the Survey Course, please contact Alan Styles at astyles@csusm.edu or visit www.csusm.edu/el/water.

State indicates Vallecitos’ water conservation target will be reduced

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State indicates Vallecitos’ water conservation target will be reduced to sixteen percent due to desalinated water connection

The State Water Resources Control Board (State) posted draft adjusted water conservation standards which show the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) will now have a water conservation target of 16 percent. Previously, the State mandated a 24 percent reduction in potable water use for Vallecitos from 2013 demands. The eight percent reduction is based on the fact that Vallecitos now receives up to 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant. Vallecitos is currently the only retail water provider that has a direct connection to the Desalination Plant.

Desalinated water is now a major component of Vallecitos’ water portfolio, further minimizing the District’s reliance on imported water and providing customers an increased level of reliability despite drought and other regulatory issues. It now makes up 27 percent of the District’s annual supply and is enough water to meet the needs of more than 8,100 families for one year.

Vallecitos Water District Delivers Desalinated Water

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Vallecitos Water District Delivers Desalinated Water

The Vallecitos Water District is now receiving high-quality desalinated water directly from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California. The direct connection pipe, located at the corner of Pawnee and Cherokee Streets in San Marcos, will deliver as much as 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually to Vallecitos’ distribution system. This equates to approximately 27 percent of the District’s annual supply and is enough water to meet the needs of more than 8,100 families for one year.

Desalinated water is now a major component of Vallecitos’ water portfolio, further minimizing the District’s reliance on imported water and providing customers an increased level of reliability despite drought and other regulatory issues. Vallecitos is currently one of two water providers that have a direct connection to the Desalination Plant.

“It’s exciting to be a major participant in this effort,” said Vallecitos Board Vice President Craig Elitharp. “The Carlsbad Desalination Plant is the largest, most technologically advanced and energy-efficient seawater desalination plant in the nation.”

The plant is located near the Encina Power Station in Carlsbad. The facility produces 50 million gallons of water per day from Carlsbad’s Aqua Hedionda Lagoon using a state-of-the-art, reverse osmosis system. To learn more about the Carlsbad Desalination Plant and its operation, visit their website at www.carlsbaddesal.com. Tours of the desalination plant will be available starting in February. To make reservations, sign up at: http://carlsbaddesal.com/visit.

Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with annual reorganization, naming Mike Sannella Board President for 2016

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Vallecitos Water District Board moves forward with annual reorganization, naming Mike Sannella Board President for 2016

San Marcos, CA – At a regular meeting held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Vallecitos Water District (Vallecitos) Board of Directors voted to move forward with their annual reorganization. Mike Sannella was elected unanimously to serve as president and Craig Elitharp to serve as vice president for 2016.

President Mike Sannella, Division 4 representative, was first elected to the District’s Board of Directors in 2014. President Sannella’s involvement in the community includes having served as a City Planning Commissioner, Vice President of the San Marcos Economic Development Corporation, and Vice President of San Diego County Crime Stoppers. He currently works in the Defense and Aerospace industry and has over 17 years of business and security management experience. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and is a graduate of the Leadership North County program also through CSUSM. Sannella resides in San Marcos with his wife Amy and their daughter.

Vice President Craig Elitharp, Division 3 representative, was also elected to the Board in 2014. He retired from the Rancho California Water District in June 2014 with over 24 years of experience managing water and wastewater operations. For the past 10 years, he has served on the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Groundwater, Energy, and Water Quality Committees. Currently, Elitharp works part-time at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants as a senior engineer on various water-related projects and issues for Southern California clients. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry at Syracuse University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is also a registered civil engineer in the State of California and holds California Department of Public Health certifications as a Grade 5 Water Distribution Operator and Grade 3 Water Treatment Operator. Elitharp and his wife Diana have three children and live in the Walnut Hills area.

Sannella and Elitharp are joined by Directors Betty Evans, Division 1; Jim Hernandez, Division 2; and Hal Martin, Division 5, to form Vallecitos’ five-member Board. The Board meets regularly the first and third Wednesday of the month. Open to the public, the Board meetings start at 4:00 p.m. in Vallecitos’ Administration Building, 201 Vallecitos de Oro, in San Marcos. To increase transparency to ratepayers, Vallecitos airs its public meetings on San Marcos TV. Please visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.

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

Vallecitos Water District’s Dennis O. Lamb Named General Manager of the Year

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Vallecitos Water District’s Dennis O. Lamb Named General Manager of the Year

Dennis O. Lamb, General Manager of the Vallecitos Water District, was selected as the 2015 General Manager of the Year by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA). The award was presented to Lamb during the Awards Luncheon at the CSDA Annual Conference in Monterey, California on September 23, 2015.

Lamb was selected for his outstanding experience, effectiveness and leadership of the Vallecitos Water District as well as his contributions to the water community. “Dennis is truly deserving of this award,” said Betty Evans, President of Vallecitos’ Board of Directors. “I think his award is a great reflection on what a truly outstanding District we have.”

Lamb has been with the Vallecitos Water District for over 30 years and was promoted to General Manager in 2010. Over the course of his tenure, Lamb has advocated for water supply diversification strategies, like the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, due to come on-line this winter. Lamb has implemented many cost-saving measures which have resulted in Vallecitos’ rates consistently staying below the County average. He is also heavily involved in water education programs and helped to establish the Water Resources Management and Leadership program at California State University San Marcos.

The California Special Districts Association is a 501c(6), not-for-profit association that was formed in 1969 to promote good governance and improved core local services through professional development, advocacy and other services for all types of independent special districts.

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