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RE: Menlo Park Water District

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:09:50 -0700

Joanna,

The new water restrictions and the percentage of reductions in each City are mandated by the State per the Governors Executive Order. You can read more about the Governors mandated Statewide regulations at the following link: State Water Resources Control Board<http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_mandatory_regulations.shtml> and you can find specific Statewide drought information here: State Water Board Drought Portal.<http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/water_issues/programs/drought/emergency_regulations_waterconservation.shtml> Additionally, the City of Menlo Park has a Drought page listed on our website homepage which provides detailed information about drought restrictions within Menlo Park, you can view that page here: http://www.menlopark.org/356/Water-Conservation

The final details surrounding the Governors mandates are still being discussed at the State Level and we do not yet have the final details. However, the Menlo Park City Council will review and approve the new water restrictions during their regularly scheduled Council meeting on May 5th at 7pm and you can expect a continuation of the City’s existing drought regulations (listed below) as well as the addition of new items which may include; restrictions on how many days a week landscape watering will be allowed, restrictions on single pass air conditioning units (this primarily affects commercial properties), restrictions on swimming pool filling, and restrictions on restaurants serving water without patrons asking for it.

The Menlo Park Municipal Water District restricts the following activities:
· Potable water shall not be applied in any manner to any driveway or sidewalk, except when necessary to address immediate health or safety concerns.
· Potable water shall not be used to water outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff onto non-irrigated areas, walkways, roadways, parking lots, or other hard surfaces.
· Hoses must be equipped with a shut-off valve for washing vehicles.
· Use only re-circulated or recycled water to operate ornamental fountains.
· Broken or defective plumbing and irrigation systems must be repaired or replaced within a reasonable period.
· Restaurants and other food service operations shall serve water to customers only upon request.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)k.org>
P: 650-330-6744

From: Joanna Martin [mailto:joannawmail_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 9:58 PM
To: _CCIN
Subject: Menlo Park Water District

Dear Sir:

I am writing in reference to The Almanac, issue dated April 22, 2015, article re MP Water District. It indicated that "the city plans to implement further water-use restrictions and the staff will recommend to the council that the city seek to exceed the mandated reduction". My home receives water from the California Water Service Company in the Bear Gulch district. That district faces mandatory cuts of 36 % from 2013 levels. How will that restriction be applied by the MP Council?

According to 2013 figures for the Bear Gulch district : Menlo Park municipal district uses an average of 99 gallons per person per day. Other towns in the Bear Gulch district include: Portola Valley 305 gallons; Woodside 421 gallons; Atherton 480 gallons.
It does not seem fair that these four separate towns would be subject to the same percentage of cutbacks. Atherton uses almost five times the amount of water as Menlo Park.

Please advise us of what decisions are being recommended for consideration by our council members. It is appropriate to have public transparency during the decision making process prior to any final restriction announcement.

Thank you for a timely response to this important concern,
Robert and Joanna Martin
6 White Oak Court
Menlo Park
650/324-1230


Joanna Martin


Received on Fri Apr 24 2015 - 13:06:08 PDT

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