ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
Monday, September 12, 2016
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE
Chair Tustison called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
|Winston Tustison, Chair |
Anne Campbell, Vice Chair
Javier Arriaga, Commissioner
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner
Robert Milkey, Commissioner
Shanna Weagle, Commissioner
STAFF PRESENT: Philip Saletta, P.E., Water Utility Director
Shirley Kiel, Utility Administrator
Peter Abraham, P.E., Water Resources and Planning Manager
Mary C. Kobida, Distribution Superintendent
Robert Jacklitch, Project Manager
Adam Pence, Water Quality Lead Operator
(Materials attached in Granicus.)
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Arriaga and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to approve the July 11, 2016 minutes as written.
MOTION carried, 5-1 with Commissioner Weagle opposed.
Mr. Pence reviewed the Water Utility’s responsibilities for water quality and backflow. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the drinking water rules and delegates authority to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
Mr. Pence described the sampling requirements. He reported on the 2015 water quality testing results, 2016 ongoing water quality sample testing and testing done in preparation for 2017. Mr. Pence discussed the backflow prevention and compliance program.
Mr. Abraham reported on water hardness and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) which are aesthetic components of water quality. He reviewed the CAP water wheeling locations and monitoring results for CAP water blending. (Materials attached in Granicus.)
Mr. Saletta reported staff reviewed the contract with the Arizona Power Authority and determined it would not be financially beneficial to enter into the contract. Tucson Electric Power was unable to offer bill crediting for transmission. Therefore, the contract will not be forwarded to Town Council.
Ms. Kiel reviewed the 2016 water rates analysis draft work schedule. (Materials attached in Granicus.)
Mr. Saletta explained the proposed project and that Oro Valley Water, Metro Water, Marana Utilities and Flowing Wells Water are working together to determine well, pipeline and pump station requirements and costs. It is an 11,400 acre feet per year project, of which Oro Valley is participating for 4,000 acre feet per year. The project would pump water from the Lower Santa Cruz River. Oro Valley Water Utility would tie into the pipeline, and build a booster station and deliver to the Oro Valley La Cañada reservoir.
Mr. Saletta reported the IGA is planned to be presented to the Water Utility Commission in January and it will go to Town Council in February. He reviewed project costs and funding sources. This water meets all water quality standards and would be blended into the Oro Valley water system. The IGA is being finalized and a project schedule will be developed.
Mr. Abraham reviewed a map illustrating the location of the proposed wells, pipeline and booster stations. The design period would be in years 2017-2020 and construction from 2021-2023 with CAP water deliveries by 2024. (Materials attached in Granicus.)
Mr. Saletta reported Oro Valley Water Utility is renegotiating the CAP wheeling IGA with Tucson Water. Tucson Water is updating the IGA to separate out the electric costs to ensure electric rate increases transfer to those receiving CAP wheeled water. The current cost is $499 per acre foot. Based on our interpretation, it is estimated that this would increase 12-14% to approximately $580 per acre foot. The IGA is planned to go to Town Council in January of 2017.
Councilmember Hornat reviewed the last Town Council meeting:
- A-frames approved; outdoor displays approved; fuel station revised plan; renewed Miller Ranch master plan; new CDO Baptist church; new cell tower at CDO High School
Councilmember Hornat plans to meet with the Arizona State Land Department regarding annexation of property at Thornydale and Tangerine.
Commissioner Milkey reported the Subcommittee met on August 25 and discussed the Hoover power reallocation, CAP recharge and recovery system and the IGA for CAP water wheeling. They also discussed Oro Valley well field monitoring and aquifer metrics. A future item will be to review Oro Valley Water Utility's water projections.
Mr. Jacklitch reviewed the following projects: Tangerine Road reclaim water line relocation; Lambert Lane roadway improvement and potable main relocation; La Cholla potable main relocation; hydropneumatic tank replacement for Well D7; Well E2 upgrades; pressure reducing valves at Oro Valley Country Club; reclaimed booster pump at Thornydale. He added that the office remodeling project is near completion.
Mr. Saletta presented Arizona and Colorado streamflow reports (Materials attached in Granicus.)
- September 21, 2016 – Town Council meeting
- October 5, 2016 – Town Council meeting
- October 10, 2016 – Water Utility Commission meeting
- October 20, 2016 – Town of Oro Valley State of the Town Address
- October 27, 2016 – SAWUA Water Issues Discussion
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Milkey and seconded by Vice Chair Campbell to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 p.m.
MOTION carried, 6-0.
Senior Office Specialist
I hereby certify that the foregoing minutes are a true and correct copy of the minutes of the regular session of the Water Utility Commission of Oro Valley, Arizona held on the 12th day of September, 2016. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.