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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/12/2016 01:52 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/12/2016 01:52 PM
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CCWD Isn’t Letting Its Guard Down On Conservation ~ Guest Opinion Part Two By Terry Strange

San Andreas, CA....We just endured a four-year drought that was so severe, scientists had to go back more than a thousand years in tree ring records to find its equal. While the 2012-2015 dry spell may have been interrupted by a near-average winter in 2015-2016, and some reservoir levels have increased significantly, that doesn’t mean the state of California is out of the drought. And that’s why, even with our own drought-resilient water supply, the Calaveras County Water District is not letting its guard down when it comes to conservation.


Between the mandatory water conservation cuts ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown in June 2015 and the District’s expanded conservation program, the CCWD community reduced water use by 26% over the past year when compared to 2013 usage. This is especially impressive knowing that the state was requiring CCWD customers to conserve just 16% during most of that time span.

Such an achievement would not have been possible without the sacrifices made by the communities we serve, and we are grateful for their commitment to using water wisely and efficiently.

These savings were essentially accomplished through changes in lifestyle, many of which have now become permanent. Our customers have shown they are committed to repairing leaks quickly, installing water-efficient appliances, upgrading irrigation systems and replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping.

CCWD also thanks Gov. Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board for their leadership during this drought emergency. We are especially appreciative that the state has actively sought input from local water agencies, including CCWD, as new policy was created.

In 2015, the Governor ordered a 25% reduction in residential water use across the state. During the drought emergency, the state set mandatory conservation standards based on the amount of water used by each person, in each home, each day, i.e. residential gallons per capita day (R-GPCD). The higher the average daily water use, the higher the conservation standard mandated – up to a 36% maximum.

However, one of the shortcomings of this methodology was its failure to account for the actual local water supplies and conditions. Nor did it recognize longstanding efforts by agencies to create a drought-resilient water supply system. In CCWD’s case, even after four years of severe drought, we had adequate water to supply our customers, but nonetheless were mandated by the state to reduce consumption.

While we understand and respect the state’s decision to impose a statewide conservation policy during an emergency, we believe water management works best when it occurs at the local level. This is because local agencies and water resource managers know their water supply situations intimately, as well as their customers’ needs.

CCWD was pleased to learn that under new rules adopted by the state in June of 2016, last year’s state-mandated conservation targets have been replaced with locally appropriate measures. The new regulation recognizes that individual agency supply conditions and drought preparedness should be taken into account.
Like many agencies in the state, CCWD has conducted a rigorous “stress test” and determined that we are drought prepared, even if the next three years are critically dry.

This preparedness is no accident. It is the result of years of planning and investment in our drought-resilient supplies, as well as the commendable water use efficiency achieved by our customers. In fact, the District’s water savings were some of the most notable in the state.

While we have demonstrated to the state that our water supplies are adequate, we continue to rely on our customers to carry on with their water wise habits. Last year was about emergency actions. But this year we are not asking our customers to maintain those extraordinary measures. Instead, we have put in place a series of ongoing, common sense water waste prohibitions, consistent with mandated state regulations that will be enforced by CCWD in wet and dry years alike.

CCWD has permanently prohibited water-wasting activities, such as hosing down driveways, washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle and irrigating outdoors within 48 hours of measurable rainfall. We know our customers are much more aware of how to use water efficiently than they were even a few years ago. Because of that, our system is even more drought resilient and our communities are even more secure, now and in the future. Like all good stewards of the resource, we at CCWD are always thinking of next year and beyond, because we know the next critical multi-year drought could start as soon as this winter.

CCWD will be here to diligently and responsibly assess conditions on an ongoing basis to ensure we currently have, and will continue to have, sufficient water supplies for our county’s future. In meeting that challenge, we know we can count on you, our customers, to stand shoulder to shoulder with us and not let our guard down on conservation.
In the final installment of this three-part series, learn about CCWD’s ongoing commitment to water use efficiency, and find out how the District is participating in the development of long-term California water policy.

Terry Strange is the President of the Calaveras County Water District Board of Directors. He can be reached at The District holds board meetings that are open to the public at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 120 Toma Court, San Andreas.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2016-08-12 22:24:39   By: Anonymous
Mr. Strange,

If CCWD is so concerned about the conservation of water during this extreme drought then may I ask you a question? Why are you (CCWD) selling marijuana growers in the West Point area FULL water trucks for only $10.00?? That's right TEN DOLLARS for a FULL water tanker!. Homeowners pay anywhere from 2 to 4 times that amount every 2 to explain??????

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    Posted on: 2016-08-13 11:31:36   By: Anonymous
    Mr. Strange is a pot grower himself. He encouraged his renters to grow in the past, now he has a full blown large operation at his property right outside Wilseyville on the Licking Fork grade. Terry is one of them, so does it really surprise you about the water trucks?

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    Posted on: 2016-08-13 18:43:33   By: Anonymous
    Calaveras Public Utility District is also selling truck water to pot growers. Did CCWD or CPUD put this on their meeting agendas for public input? Why are the rate payers subsidizes the pot growers when we do not want them here in the first place. Recall the CCWD and CPUD Directors and Managers.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2016-08-13 07:35:51   By: Anonymous
Please address the close to 50% of water that is STOLEN by pot growers from your system.

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    Posted on: 2016-08-13 11:34:52   By: Anonymous
    Again, Terry is a commercial pot farmer himself. Much of the grading done on his latest spot was done after May 10, the deadline for any grading per the county ordinance. Mr Strange breaks the rules assuming he is bigger than the system. I suggest asking someone besides Terry Strange.

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Comments from a board member
Posted on: 2016-08-13 08:50:53   By: Anonymous
I thought CCWD hired someone to do their press releases and public communications. Why is the Board President feeling the need to put this information out himself? Has the board voted to agree with his statements or is this just one directors opinions? Just sayn'

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    Climate Change = Drought
    Posted on: 2016-08-13 09:23:58   By: Anonymous
    The average temperatures since 1960 have risen considerably, while rainfall has decreased.
    This change is due to climate change, caused by elevated CO2.
    You can't deny ice cores going back 10,000 years sampled showing elevating CO2 levels.

    Arizona is in a persistent drought, has been since the 1960's, as California's average temperatures rose and rainfall reduced.

    This all points to persistent over all drought for California. Summers will be hotter, Winters drier.

    The coniferous forests will be under attack by the bark beetle, due to their water stressed condition, which means more intense forest fires, and wild land fires.

    Sadly this is the future for California due to climate change.

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      Re: Climate Change = Drought
      Posted on: 2016-08-13 12:57:28   By: Anonymous
      Well said. Anyone who is not still in conservation mode isn't looking at this realistically.

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      Re: Climate Change = Drought
      Posted on: 2016-08-13 22:17:14   By: Anonymous
      Polar-shift, not climate change.

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    Re: Comments from a board member
    Posted on: 2016-08-13 18:49:11   By: Anonymous
    Who needs Joel Metzger at $100,000 plus per year? Let the Board Directors express their opinions despite how STRANGE they may be!

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      Re: Comments from a board member
      Posted on: 2016-08-13 22:52:50   By: Anonymous
      We should use as much water as we can before they arrive and take it.

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        Re: Comments from a board member
        Posted on: 2016-08-14 08:25:14   By: Anonymous
        They have already spiked the water.

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          Re: Comments from a board member
          Posted on: 2016-08-14 08:45:21   By: Anonymous
          Hello Mr. Strange??? Where are you??? We are waiting for your answers! If you want to be big board member president and put out this editorial, then be prepared to answer the questions! Seems now there are 3 questions......why are you selling $10 truck loads of water to pot growers AND are you a LEGAL pot grower? If you are, where is your water coming from to water your grow? From a well, water truck, OR the South Fork River???

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            Re: Comments from a board member
            Posted on: 2016-08-14 19:00:01   By: Anonymous
            He is NOT a legal grower because he did his grading after the deadline. We all heard the dozers and tree felling well after May 10th. Are you listening Calaveras County Government?

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          Re: Comments from a board member
          Posted on: 2016-08-14 14:52:55   By: Anonymous
          Oh, them Visitors are pretty smart.

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            Re: Comments from a board member
            Posted on: 2016-08-16 21:31:31   By: Anonymous
            !) bucks for a water truck?? sign me up!

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          Re: Comments from a board member
          Posted on: 2016-08-16 21:33:19   By: Anonymous
          spiked the whole south-fork with LSD. Feelin strange? huh?

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