For Immediate Release
Community Invited to Public Hearing on Urban Water Management Plan
Redwood City, CA - June 9, 2011
- The City Council of Redwood City has scheduled a public hearing to review and consider adoption of the City’s Draft Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). The Community is invited to attend, learn more about the Plan, and participate in the discussion. The public hearing is scheduled for the City Council meeting on Monday, June 13, 2011, at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. At this public hearing, the Council will consider adoption of the UWMP.
Staff is recommending adoption of the Plan, which would subsequently be submitted to the State of California Department of Water Resources. Additionally, staff is recommending that a plan be developed (for future Council consideration) for expanded uses of recycled water, as well as a “budget-based” rate structure for residential water customers. This would include a proposal for expanding the Recycled Water Service Area so that existing and new development and more businesses have the opportunity to use recycled water. The budget-based rates (which currently apply to irrigation customers) provide a water conservation incentive via a rate structure that is established on a need-based water budget developed for each customer. The higher above-budget a customer’s water use, the higher the per-water-unit rate.
This public hearing comes after two community workshops in which a total of approximately 60 people participated, offering comments, opinions, and ideas for the Plan. Through those workshops, and the upcoming public hearing, those who live and work in Redwood City are playing an important role in producing the Plan, to help ensure it reflects the community’s needs around essential water supply topics including water reliability and impacts of drought; impacts of projected demand; water conservation; water reuse; and others.
The Urban Water Management Plan is a blueprint for Redwood City’s long-term water supply; a 20-year document which is updated every five years. It supports our community’s long-term water resource planning and helps to ensure that adequate water supplies are available to meet today’s water needs, as well as future water demands. The UWMP provides a summary of the variety of water resource policy and planning elements involved for Redwood City - water demands, water supplies, water delivery infrastructure, reliability of our water supply, projections of future water demand and identification of future sources of water, water conservation, and water recycling, among others. Updated information and schedules for the process of developing the UWMP are available online at www.redwoodcity.org/uwmp.
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