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Lake Morena Views Mutual Water Company

The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company will be providing emergency assistance to Lake Morena Views Mutual Water Company. This water sale will assist this community in refilling their depleted water tanks after they recently experienced a large-scale leak, and fire department agencies pulled water from the tanks during the recent Border Fire. Water will be pumped from a hydrant located on Old Hwy 80.

New Manager Appointed

In February 2016, Mr. Trevor Brown was appointed as the new Manager of the Company. Trevor started his employment with the Company in 2006 and currently holds certifications as: Grade 2 Treatment Operator, Grade 3 Distribution Operator, and as a Cross Connection Specialist. In 2015 he also received certification in Utility Management. Trevor was appointed to this position as part of the transition plan that began in October 2014 due to the scheduled retirement of the Company’s long time manager, Flip Boerman.

Rough Acres Water Sale Cancelled

As the water company indicated in early 2015, the planned sale of water to Rough Acres Water Company was cancelled due to the decision of Soitec to not pursue their solar project. In February 2016, Rough Acres also notified PVMWC of their decision to cancel the mutual aid agreement with Pine Valley due to changing water needs.

Conservation Ordinance

** CURRENTLY IN STAGE 4 CONSERVATION **
PINE VALLEY MUTUAL WATER COMPANY WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE
AN ORDINANCE BY THE PINE VALLEY MUTUAL WATER COMPANY ESTABLISHING STAGES OF WATER CONSERVATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CURTAILMENT MEASURES

BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Directors of the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company as follows:
The Manager, or his designate, may be authorized and directed to implement the applicable provision of this Ordinance by the Board of Directors.

The provision of this Ordinance shall apply to water supplied by the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company to all persons, customers and property served by the Company wherever situated.

No customer of the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company shall knowingly make, cause, use or permit the use of water from the Company for residential, commercial, agricultural, governmental or any other purpose in a manner contrary to any provision of this Ordinance, or in an amount in excess of that permitted by the following conservation stages while they are in effect pursuant to action taken by the Board of Directors, the Manager or his designate, in accordance with this Ordinance.

STAGE 1: NORMAL SUPPLY LEVEL AVAILABLE
Stage 1 applies during periods when a normal supply and distribution capacity is available, while at the same time demand levels are not expected to significantly increase in the immediate future.

Elements of Stage 1 include:
(1) Adoption of a Company Policy which is an Action Plan for implementation of water conservation techniques.

(2) Failure to repair a controllable leak is defined as “waste of water” and is prohibited.

(3) Run-off water flooding down public walkways, driveways or parking lots is defined as “waste of water” and is prohibited.

STAGE 2: MANDATORY COMPLIANCE – WATER ALERT
Upon implementation by the Manager, the following restrictions shall apply to all persons.

Elements of stage 2 include:
(1) Irrigation utilizing individual sprinklers or sprinkler systems, including drip systems, manual, automatic or computerized used for lawns, gardens, landscaped areas, trees, shrubs or other plants is prohibited except on a designated day which shall be once every other day, and only then during the hours of 6:00 pm to 9:00 am.

(2) The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, tractors, boats and other types of mobile equipment is prohibited except on designated days between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. Such washing, when allowed, shall be done with a hand-held bucket or a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle. The nozzle shall be removed when the hose is not in use.

EXCEPTION: Such washings are exempted from these regulations where the health, safety and welfare of the public is contingent upon frequent vehicle cleanings.

(3) The filling, refilling or adding of water to uncovered outdoor swimming pools, wading pools or spas is prohibited except on designated days between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

(4) Use of water from fire hydrants shall be limited to fire fighting related activities and/or other activities necessary to maintain the health, safety and welfare of the public.

(5) Water use for construction from fire hydrants at designated locations determined by staff may be permitted at the discretion of the Manager or his designate.

(6) Water shall not be used to wash down sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, patios or other paved areas except to alleviate immediate fire, safety or sanitation hazards.

EXCEPTION: Specific arrangements may be made with any user to provide for temporary exemption from these restrictions, due to special or unusual circumstances or conditions.

STAGE 3: MANDATORY COMPLIANCE – WATER EMERGENCY
The Manager shall monitor the projected supply and demand for water on a daily basis during periods of emergency or drought and shall recommend to the Board of Directors the extent of the conservation required through the implementation and/or termination of particular conservation stages in order for the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company to plan for and supply water to its customers. Thereafter the Board of Directors may order that the appropriate phase of water conservation be implemented or terminated in accordance with the applicable provisions of this Ordinance. Said order shall be published by means of posting in public places, or notification by mail, or by hand-delivered notice, or such other method as may be necessary to inform the users in a timely manner.

PROVISIONS FOR ENFORCEMENT
Violations of this Ordinance will be handled through the following procedures.

FIRST VIOLATION: The Manager or his designated representative shall apply a notice to the door or gate of the user with the violation(s) stated and recommendations for corrections listed.

SECOND VIOLATION: Every reasonable effort will be made by the Manager or his designated representative to present a notification in person to the offender with further explanations as needed.

THIRD VIOLATION: Consumers who, after the two previous notices, are found to be willfully violating the regulations and restrictions of this Ordinance shall be subject to having their meter(s) locked off. The fee for restoration of service is $100.00 per meter.

STAGE 4: GOVERNOR BROWN’S MANDATORY CONSERVATION ORDER
Item 1: The regulations applicable to the general public prohibit the following actions by any person, except where the water use is necessary to address and immediate health and safety need or to comply with a term of condition of a permit issued by a federal or state agency.

a) All outdoor irrigation is limited to no more than twice a week.

b) Applying (e.g. hosing or spraying) water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff that flows onto adjacent property.

c) Using a hose to wash an automobile with potable water, except where the hose has a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to immediately cease dispensing water when not in use.

d) Applying potable water to driveways and sidewalks; and

e) Using potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system.

SEVERABILITY
If any provision, section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance, or the application of same to any person or set of circumstances for any reason is held to be unconstitutional, void or invalid, the validity of the remaining portions shall not be affected thereby. It being the intent of the Board of Directors in adopting this Ordinance that no portion thereof, or provisions, or regulation contained herein, shall become inoperative, or fail by reason of any fault of any other portion hereof. All provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable for that purpose. This Ordinance shall take effect on the date of adoption by the Board of Directors.

ADOPTED: April 10, 1990
PVMWC
Board of Directors

Improved Fire Insurance Rating

Customers within the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company’s service are now able to benefit from an improved fire insurance rating. This rating may result in lower insurance coverage rates for our customers. This rating was provided by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which provides the information which relates to fire risks and the ability of a community to provide fire protection. The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company’s Service area has received a rating of 4. This is an improvement over the past rating of 5. The classification is based on three items. First, the fire communication system. Second, the fire department and third, in this case, the Water Company and its community wide fire protection system. The complete rating for the Pine Valley Fire Protection District was a 4/9 with the 4 being in the area’s served by Pine Valley Water and the 9 being area’s outside our water system boundaries.

It should be noted that each insurance company independently determines the premiums it charges its policy holders. The way an insurer uses ISO’s information on public fire protection may depend on several things, however, ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. Insurers use PPC information as part of their decision making when deciding what business to cover, type of coverage’s to offer and the prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.

The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company is proud of its part in obtaining this “4” rating for it’s customers and encourages all to make sure your insurance agent is aware of this improvement so that any possible saving may be passed on to you.

Excess Water Sales

Over the past two years the Company has sold water for Cal-Trans, USFS, and County of San Diego construction projects. Because each one of these projects related directly to public safety the Company felt it was in the best interest of its customers to take the opportunity to participate in these projects. As a result the Company also benefited in thousands of dollars of additional revenue that assisted in the stabilization of water rates. In addition, the Company has also sold water to neighboring water agencies with prior State approval. This has helped our neighbors while at the same time assisting the Company financially. These water sales are the direct result of the Company’s foresight to construct water production facilities that are capable of exceeding the use demands of its full time customers. The Company continues to seek the opportunity to supplement its income through these type of business ventures and appreciates the understanding its customers that these opportunities bring benefit to them the ratepayers.

PVR Improvements

The Company recently completed improvement work for the water system that supplies the Pine Valley Rancheros Subdivision. Phase 1 of the work included the replacement of curb stop control valves at each meter as well as customer gate valves and meters where needed. In addition each meter box was replaced and the 8″ main line valves on Rocky Pass were replaced. After the replacement work was completed, each meter box, valve cap, and hydrant was repainted. Phase II included the rebuild of the PVR pump station’s #2 pump motor. Phase II concluded with the refurbish of the underground pump station’s interior piping. Phase III addressed the draining, inspection, and minor repairs to the interior coating of the 1/2 million gallon thank that feeds the subdivisions. The project concluded with the cleaning, disinfection, refilling and return of the tank to full service. The work conducted for the 3 phases of this project was completely paid for with funds collected as part of the Repair and Replacement Charge that is collected through our bi-monthly billing. No debt was incurred as a result.

#4 Tank Improvements

In January of 2010 Company personnel inspected the interior of the 1/2 million gallon tank off of Old Highway 80. As a result, coating repairs were made through the use of spot sand blasting and epoxy patch coating. The Company strives to do as much work as possible in-house thereby reducing the cost to it’s customers. In addition to the coating repairs, there was also valve replacement work conducted at the tank. The tank was placed back in service in May. The Company schedules this type of inspection or maintenance on an annual basis to at least one of the Company’s four steel tanks. Pro-active and preventative maintenance allows the Company to keep it’s storage tanks in good condition thereby extending their expected life expectancy which saves the Company financially as well.

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