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thankfully tourette fire -- to the fire departments. governor brown declared a state of emergency and called on californians to reduce their water energy by 20 percent. the sf puc is asking can ustomers to voluntary reduce their water usage by 10 percent. the department is outlining actions to reduce the water and develop alternative sources of water. today i would like to ask puc and department of environment to address the topic. no. 1, the current water supply and projection for 2014 and 2015. and the plans how we will meet the puc's goal of a 10 percent usage reduction. no. 3, and overview of city water unl by
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the department. what are the departments doing in terms of consumption and conservation and who is doing well and not. no. 4, how are we protecting the water system, maintaining and updating and improving the water structure and guarding for fire and funding for immediate projects. no. 5, long-term planning. how are we planning for population growth. what are we doing to find sources water whether it be desaulization and i know puc grant was putting a proposal on hold and i would like to hear more about that. what are the departments doing to educate water customers, no. 6, to educate customers about the needs to previous
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and the methods to preserve. those are my objections today. thank you all for being here and with that, i want to turn it over to richie, assistant general manager for water. >> thank you, madam chair and supervise ofrments -- supervisors. the last time we called for reduction it rained. when people start paying attention, we get somewhere. i would like to start off with this slide that will answer your questions but i will answer those as i go along. what i'm basically going to talk about in the water supply condition and outlook for us our volunteer 10 percent reduction effort. what the departments are currently doing as well as our users in the city itself. our recent water system
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improvements to get to that reliability system that you talked about and state and federal legislation that are in the works that hopefully can provide funding for some of the activities that we need to engage in to really save more water here. first, on the water supply conditions, the current water supply in our reservoir is 98 billion gallons which sounds like a lot of water but when you need about 32 million gallons per day, it's not a lot of water. we have 12,000 acre feet in our system which is a back up water supply. i will talk about how we plan to access that if we need it. and we have water basically is what
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we used to supply the irrigation districts with water to maintain water in hetch hetchy reservoir. that water depends on the reservoir. it didn't look like much in flow and that water wasn't worth much. precipitation has been normal for february. more is needed. we basically need this weekend storm to be strong and one or two more series of storms so i will be able to sleep throughout night. until then, we have to worry about the water conditions. we'll continue to evaluate the water conditions on weekly basis. the graphs are what we update on weekly basis. this is
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cumulative precipitation at hech hech eechlt . this is normal precipitation. anything above that is wet and below is dry. what we have included on this well is the green line which was 2013. that was last year last water year. as you pointed out calendar 2013 was one of the driest years ever but water years run from october 1st through september 30th. we had a wet november in 2012 that kept last year from being as bad appalachians this -- as this year was. the blue line was in 2007 was a time when we called for volunteer reduction in the in the system. the red line which is this year which is tracking below that line and the recent
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storm has gotten above 1977. so what great cause for celebration to being the second worse. that is still bad and we need to deal with that problem. the next slide shows the snowpack which is more dramatic. 1977 doesn't appear on this because we don't have reliable data at that time. that black line shows our snowpack basically an accruing up until april 1st. it's how usually it snows. you get a peak snowpack around april 1st. that black line is the percent of median april 1st snowpack. that is normal. anything above that is wet and anything below is dry. in 2013 it was below that, water year in 2007 was even further below that and the red line at the bottom shows how little snowpack we've gotten up there
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and that is a great cause for concern. that is what led us to the government issue throughout the state and we have a better system but it became clear back in the end of january that we needed to call for volunteer reductions by amount of 10 percent. that's earlier than we normally call, but the dry conditions we felt dedicated that we should call for that and that's for san franciscans but all of san francisco. that is a system wide level of reduction we are aiming for and we are calling on san franciscans on that and the need to achieve that. we average a demand here in san francisco about 73 million gallons a day. our use is low here in san francisco,
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approximately 49 gallons per day per residential use. it comes to 88 gallons per resident if you factor in industrial . that is lower than most areas. the key that we have found is really educating people to the need to conserve and really to get meaningful conservation is replacement of plumbing fixtures such as shower heads, toilets, installing faucets and plumbing fixtures and useless water and whether it's through a rebate program. we have some of those as well. those are the ways to get more out there. i think you will be doing a lot of that in the coming months.
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regarding state departments the mayor issued directives on february 10th to further reduce consumption by 10 percent. since 2008, city departments have reduced their consumption by 22 percent. they have been good conserveers just like the city of san francisco has been. they have to be given credit for that and like everybody else, more can be done and there is a program here to move that forward. the departments including the puc all have to develop their own water conservation plans by august 1st. why it's taken until august 1st? it's to literally target those fixtures that are older that use more water and we have to
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replace those old plumbing fixtures. the department is also directed to educate staff on water conservation practices. we have a lot of contact with the departments already and signage to put out there to tell people to save water in their facilities and that is a good thing and exploring with dpw the use of non-potable water. there is a lot of building basements that have to have water pumped out from around them to keep the basements dry. that water goes to the sewer system. we think that's a potentially good source of water for street cleaning. we will explore that in the near future. and we have also directed water supply and conservation. three things in particular for us in the puc one lower cherry
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aqueduct rehabilitation to access cherry lake. our local ground water outside of san francisco just approved by the puc and by the planning department. we'll be breaking ground on that to add ground water to our supply so we are not completely reliant on the mercy of nature and what falls from the sky. we are also looking at other non-potable sources including foundation drainage and plumbing fix -- fix fixture replacement and we started to provide materials and assistance. we are focusing on it now, indoor and outdoor conservation and information to staff regarding the drought and plans submitted by august 1st to us and we are identifying how to put the information together and get
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it to us. and assistance with identifying what are our old plumbing fixtures. working with all of them and they have been pretty good with a couple of the departments already. dpw and recreation and parks have already issued their own directive already to cut down on water use. that's a great step and we've had contact with the other departments. however all important things people can do to reduce to go ahead. what other things can departments do? replacement of plumbing fixtures that are over 20 years old. the graph here showing water consumption, one of the things we've been trying to deal with are old fixtures in st city hall. we do that throughout the city but we do not have funds to use for the installation. we got a federal grant and used that money and
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paid dpw to install those new fixtures and water usage has already dropped. that's what we are looking for is appropriate fundings to help us replace fixtures around the city. we have grants to help us make that happen. we hope to make best practices for irrigation and fixing leaks appropriately. and parks and recreation and dpw are starting to control their irrigation as well as the puc because we have a lot of land scaped areas. people are working on this quite well together. one of the things about the system again that is old that we've been actively working on the 4.6 water system improvement program and i'm
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happy to report that's 80 percent complete to address current and future system needs. those are aimed at increasing reliability. during the rim fire, for example, our improvements at the snow valley treatment plan is more reliable in case we have to filter the supply. if we had to filter it we can do it reliably at the treatment plant. that's what we are doing now going forward this year if we need to filter the cherry lake supply. these kinds of things are what we are doing going forward. on the state at legislature fund, there are three areas we are funding one is the cherry lake canal and we can bring it over and put it into the
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hetch hetchy aqueduct. that is last used in 1988, the last drought we had. it was the water supply. a lot of it was burned during the rim fire and we are developing a project that we want to get done by october 1st this year to rehabilitate that to put it into a pipeline to make sure that water can stay as clean as possible if we need to bring it into our system here and if things change dramatically, we very likely will need to bring that into the system. we want to make sure we can keep up with the demand. the san francisco water project has just been approved and we want to get more funds to pay for that and will start to add to the supply later this year early
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2015. lastly the program that will need funds to provide installations of fixtures to help support that. there were four bills introduced in the state legislature a couple days ago, two in the assembly and two in the senate. they are identical bills trying to fast track them to make them available statewide $680 million for different kinds of drought relief. those were passed out yesterday and said to go to the floor today and hopefully those will be passed which will be administered through the water and state resources. also senator feinstein has
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just introduced federal legislation for drought relief. looking ahead in the short-term, we have been covered extensively in the media regarding the drought conditions and we'll do that more in the months as we start to get into the summer, a major outreach campaign in san francisco and outside of san francisco to reinforce that we need to achieve those reductions that we have aimed for at 10 percent. we have arranged a contract with our customers we have revise estimate of water supply. we probably won't issue that until monday or tuesday of next week because we want to report on the outcomes of the precipitation with that to get a truer picture going forward. we need to provide
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information to our customers and at that time that's when the puc may or may not declare a drought emergency. it could declare a volunteer or mandatory rationing. mandatory rationing involving a bigger precedent. when we call for voluntary rationing our customers respond. they responded very well in 2007 and we expect the same this time around. one of the other areas i didn't touch on here is moving forward into long-term future, we will get through this drought. we will deliver sufficient water to our customers. what are we doing in the long-term? for san francisco we see substantial growth through plan bay area
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emphasizing transportation hubs as a place to encourage people to live. if we get the expected growth in jobs within san francisco, we actually expect to see very little if any growth in water demand. again, that's because of plumbing codes and other things and our programs to move forward with lower and lower water use fixtures. one of the things i mentioned earlier is household demand is 49 gallons per day. the true lowest water using hoping is about 34 gallons per day. the picture for san francisco itself is quite positive. we are looking at other water supplies for various reasons, one to consider growth outside of san francisco and another is to consider whether we should have enough water to
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limit potential future rationing requirements. our current plan lays out that we don't have to go to more than 20 percent rationing. so we are looking at potential for water transfers. you mentioned the desalination project and we have been working with others in the bay area. one is that we need to complete our water system improvement program. there have been cost increases in some of the projects including calavera dam replacement which is a corner system of our system and we are having to repair that dam and because of changes in geologic conditions we found there, we need to in accrues -- increase that project by $120 million. that money had to come from somewhere in our program and so we have delayed construct
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of the desalination in our project. we still have about $8.5 million. we have to decide if we'll do the project and finish those things that we are committed to and make sure our system runs efficiently. i will be happy to answer any questions. >> thank you, mr. richie. supervisor tang, any questions? okay. thank you. mr. rodriguez from the environment department. >> good afternoon. i want to spend some time to talk about education activities that our department takes in support to get around conservation to city san franciscans and water users and we play a role to
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sf puc and do many activities. one that i wanted to focus on our if i can is our school education program and working with san francisco unified and various schools in order to do that. also i have a quick powerpoint. if we can put the that up as i walk through the items. since 2001 our school education team has been involved in water education. thanks to the support from the san francisco public utilities commission. we have designed a program called save our bay which we target to 5th grade classes merely teaching about water pollution prevention and promote water conservation. today we given over 800 presentation to 5th graders reaching about 25,000 students here in san francisco. in addition the team has
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developed a variety of fact sheets about environmental topics including water conservation and we distribute information directly to teachers and have these items posted on our website for people to download. we are adding more tips on water conservation. plus when we provide this information, we encourage kids to take the tips homes and have conversation with their parents around how to save water. one of the most successful aspects to get these fifth graders to be fully engaged from the process and from our account it's been a special program in reaching san francisco's diverse family. in addition to those materials, we've also developed curriculum for the sf puc specifically designed for grades 4-6. teachers are
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able to use the curriculum around water resources and water conservation and the sf puc is distributing these materials to all teachers who are interested in san francisco and also make it available on their website. our water class presentations not only are teefrps -- teachers doing this but our office as well. we have given eight presentations to assemblies targeting about 8,000 students in san francisco and developing a curriculum to take it to further grades to allow students to be fully engaged in the process. lastly one of the other aspects we are doing is front line educators and directly turn key materials to use in their classrooms as part of their overall teaching. one of our best strategies is to educate teachers in a way to
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present this and really get to the message of water conservation to all of our diverse communities in san francisco. this program has extremely successful and appreciate our partnership. i wanted to spend a little time on this aspect on water conservation and the 10 percent voluntary reduction. again, one unique and different way that we approach this and again like the puc happy to answer any questions. is there any additional public comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. >> colleagues, any other questions? i want to thank you both mr. richie and mr. rodriguez for coming out
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today. this is a really important issue that we are dealing with in the state. next tuesday at the board of supervisors i will be introducing a resolution urging the state legislature to provide drought mitigation funding for the critical water supply for the san francisco bay area. they are considering leveraging $640 million for the drought and the drought area we are requesting for the san francisco water supply project and the lower cherry aqueduct restoration project and install toilet program which are important priorities which mr. richie mentioned. i hope we'll continue to work hand in hand and submit this to the board. my office will be submitting this at the board of supervisors meeting
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on tuesday and we want to continue to work with you to address any concerns to protect our water supply and look towards the future and make good decisions about our infrastructure in order to make sure san francisco has it's water supply intact and available for it's residents, not only in san francisco but throughout the bay area. thank you both for being here today. okay. with that can we continue this item to the call of the chair? >> so moved. >> without objection this item is continued to the call of the chair. thank you. madam clerk please call the last item. city clerk: [campaign and governmental conduct code - lobbying regulations] sponsor: chiu ordinance amending the campaign and governmental conduct code to expand the definition of a lobbyist; expand the list of reportable lobbying contacts; enhance lobbyist
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training, auditing, and record-keeping requirements; require public reports about city officials who fail to file statements of economic interest; require a public guide to local campaign finance laws; require permit consultants to register with the ethics commission and file regular disclosure reports; and require major developers to disclose donations to nonprofits active ity clerk: sf 512341234 >>supervisor london breed: supervisor chiu. which >>president david chiu: colleagues, thank you for bringing up this item particularly as it relates to lobbying. this is an effort that our city attorney and i began last year and mr. herrera will be joining us momentarily to make some introductory comments and it's timely to start this conversation given our city attorneys recent proposed settlement for a violation of lobbying ordinance announced last week. a few introductory comments as to why we are doing this, we know we have many ethics and lobbying laws on our books but there is a strong perspective held by many in the city that we need to do better. during my first term on the board i passed several ordinances to pass online lobbying activities,
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to report electronic filing of campaign statements and our city's conflict of interest code. in my second term eye a better understanding of how influences from and important decisions within our $7.9 billion government. i hear regularly from constituent from governmental transparency and this reform packet designed to increase public confidence in the everyday workings of our local government. to shine a brighter light to lead to better and open decisions by city officials. let me also make it clear that while our proposals impact certain activities such as lobbying and permanent expediting. we are saying it's important for the public to know when they occur that there be transparency as former supreme court once said, sunlight is the best disinfect ant.
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what i would like to do is look at a few issue of our ordinance and this is a complex legislation that covers a variety of different topics and my office continues to work with our city attorney on a wide a n array of legislation. our city attorney has arrived, herrera, white, gibner and advocates for strong ethics and transparency laws. we have worked together for a number of was no put this packet together and attend this hearing to let folks know that we are kicking off this discussion and hopefully in the coming weeks we'll be able to have some clarity over a few remaining issues that are outstanding before we come back to this committee and ask for our committee to move this out to