ORO VALLEY WATER UTILITY COMMISSION
Monday, May 14, 2018
HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
11000 N. LA CAÑADA DRIVE
Chair Campbell called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
|Anne Campbell, Chair |
Byron McMillan, Vice Chair
Chuck Hollingsworth, Commissioner
Thomas Kibler, Commissioner
Robert Milkey, Commissioner
Winston Tustison, Commissioner
||Bill Leedy, Commissioner |
Peter Abraham, P.E., Water Utility Director
Shirley Kiel, Utility Administrator
Lee Jacobs, Engineering Division Manager
Oro Valley resident Ihor Kunasz spoke about future water supply.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Milkey and seconded by Commissioner Tustison to approve the March 12, 2018 minutes as written.
MOTION carried, 6-0.
MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Tustison and seconded by Commissioner Hollingsworth to approve the April 12, 2018 minutes as written.
MOTION carried, 6-0.
Mr. Abraham explained the plan takes into account the Northwest Recharge and Recovery Delivery System project. Key objectives of the plan include a groundwater production goal, plan for importing and blending additional CAP water, a 10-year plan to meet current and future demands and a phased, prioritized CIP to achieve these objectives. Once the draft Master Plan is finalized, it will be presented to the Commission.
Mr. Abraham reported the following:
- Nine data collecting wells and data collected monthly
- Annual measurements of static and pumping water levels
- Pumping capacity measurements and capacity calculations and drawdowns
- Analysis and prior year comparisons
Mr. Abraham presented the following conclusions:
- Well field production exceeds required potable demands
- Increase in number of wells with aquifer declines
- Need to reinvest in the Utility's groundwater production capacity
- Invest and update production facilities instrumentation
- Continue annual well field and aquifer monitoring
Mr. Abraham reviewed that the Northwest Recharge and Recovery Delivery System (NWRRDS) includes an IGA with the Oro Valley Water Utility, Metro Water and Marana Water to construct a water recovery project to enable delivery of water stored in the Lower Santa Cruz. HDR was selected for program support services for the design and construction of the project. The final scope of services and deliverables is currently being reviewed by the committee and fee proposal negotiation will follow. Mr. Abraham discussed the estimated support service fees.
Councilmember Piña reported on the following: budget study sessions concluded; next meeting will vote on tentative budget; process improvement; hiring of a Community and Economic Development Director; YTD General Fund balance is at $1.2M and revenues and expenditures are tracking; Mr. Abraham's presentation at the Oro Valley Rotary was well received.
Commissioner Tustison said there was no report.
Chair Campbell reported the meeting this month included a presentation by Conservation Specialist Karn Boyce regarding replacing the AquaHawk customer portal. Mr. Abraham provided a report on demand and storage levels. The water wasting ordinance was presented to Town Council. The subcommittee plans to meet again in September.
Ms. Kiel reported on the following budget to actual comparisons:
- Revenue from potable water, reclaimed water, groundwater preservation fees and service fees
- Operating expenses including personnel, administration, water resources, engineering, production and distribution
- Capital improvement projects and debt service
Ms. Kiel presented the quarterly customer service metrics and reported the Utility will be launching a new customer portal called WaterSmart soon.
Mr. Abraham presented water production information for both the Countryside and Oro Valley Water service areas. The statistics illustrate the first quarter data through March 2018.
Mr. Jacobs reviewed the following projects: Well E-2 HP tank and electrical panel upgrades; Golf View Zone B1 PRV replacement; CAP wheeling station at Oracle and Hardy and Well D11 Steam Pump Ranch drilling project.
Mr. Abraham reviewed the upcoming meetings.
Mr. Abraham presented a regional map illustrating the current Colorado snow water equivalent. It was a hot and dry year for the region. He reviewed the 2015-201 8 upper Colorado basin snowpack.
Mr. Abraham added we will not see a reduction in deliveries next year but we could see a reduction the following year which does not affect municipal and industrial users under the current drought contingency plan.
Chair Campbell said if the Town Council votes for the $6M bond for water infrastructure she would like a presentation on what that entails. Second by Commissioner Milkey.
NEXT MEETING: JUNE 11, 2018 LOCATION: HOPI CONFERENCE ROOM
A motion was made by Commissioner Tustison and seconded by Vice Chair McMillan
to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 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 14th day of May, 2018. I further certify that the meeting was duly called and held and that a quorum was present.