Holiday Letter from the District Manager Rick Rogers

Rick

On behalf of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s (District) Board of Directors, staff, and myself, I want to extend the warmest of holiday wishes to you and your family. This has, without a doubt, been another unique year. The District continues its recovery from the 2020 CZU Complex Fires while implementing fuel reduction projects, and infrastructure hardening in preparation for future hazards. However, this has not distracted the District from its primary goals of capital improvement projects and strategic planning. Together we are working through these challenges and moving the District into a better position for the future.

As a brief summary of the year, the District received approximately $600,000 dollars in grant funding for fire resiliency and forest health projects. In Fall the District started work on consolidating with three small water mutuals, Forest Springs, Bracken Brae, and Big Basin Water. A state grant was awarded to the District in the amount of $3.2 million to move the consolidation of Forest Springs and Bracken Brae mutuals consolidation forward. Further grant funding for the consolidation of the Big Basin Water Company is being explored by staff. We have also seen crucial planning documents adopted by the Board of Directors. In 2021 the Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP), Water System Master Plan, Fire Management Plan, Forest Management Plan, and the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) were adopted to guide the District. In December 2021 the draft construction feasibility report for rebuilding the raw water supply lines, to bring the damaged surface water intakes back online, was released to the Engineering Committee. In early January the Board will give staff direction on moving the reconstruction of the pipeline forward, improving water reliability for the District. Further details and a more comprehensive review of the year will be released in the “2021 State of the District”, which customers can expect to receive in January 2022.

The District is continuing to work with all the new COVID protocols, which has been challenging for both staff and customers. To ease this transition and make customer billing more efficient online customer billing and bill pay is available. To sign up for automated services go to: https://slvwd.merchanttransact.com/Login

As many of you are aware we have seen a lot of rain in the last few weeks, receiving about 19 inches in Boulder Creek since October 2021. This is a hopeful sign leading us into the New Year. District staff, the Board of Directors, and I want to again extend my greatest gratitude to the San Lorenzo Valley community. Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year.  

Sincerely,  

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Richard Rogers
District Manager
San Lorenzo Valley Water District

 

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