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Zone 7 Water Agency Zone 7’s Salt Management Plan Past, Present & Future May 9, 2012 Kurt Arends, P.E. AGM Engineering and Operations Zone 7 Water Agency.

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1 Zone 7 Water Agency Zone 7’s Salt Management Plan Past, Present & Future May 9, 2012 Kurt Arends, P.E. AGM Engineering and Operations Zone 7 Water Agency

2 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Presentation Outline Who is Zone 7 Water Agency Existing Salt Management Plan Challenges SMP Outcome Implementation progress Current SMP efforts

3 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 About Zone 7: Service Area Dublin San Ramon Pleasanton Livermore DSRSD Pleasanton Livermore Cal Water Service Area: 430 mi 2 Wholesale water to approx. 220,000 residents in Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and the parts of San Ramon Service to four retailers 3,500 acres of Agricultural Groundwater Basin Manager Regional Flood protection for Eastern Alameda County

4 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Who is Zone 7? Average Surface Water Supply: 87% of Supply via South Bay Aqueduct 13% of Supply via Arroyo del Valle Arroyo Valle South Bay Aqueduct

5 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Who is Zone 7? Groundwater: Groundwater Basin Manager (over 40 years) 126,000 acre-feet of Operational Storage Current Sustainable Yield: 13,400 acre-feet Arroyo Mocho Arroyo Valle Arroyo Las Positas

6 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 About Zone 7: Water Facilities DV WTP 40 mgd PP WTP 19 mgd SBA WELLS 40 mgd Dougherty Reservoir

7 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Challenges in early 1990s Additional water supply needed to meet projected demands Need to expand wastewater export capacity Zone 7 and the two wastewater management agencies co-sponsored a Water Recycling Study

8 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Water Recycling Study Zone 7, City of Livermore and Dublin San Ramon Services District Completed the Study Recognized recycled water as a viable source Recognized need to protect the Groundwater Basin Water Quality Master Water Recycling Permit from RWQCB Master Permit required Salt Management Plan

9 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Sources of Salt Stream inflows Subsurface groundwater inflow from fringe basins Urban and Agricultural Irrigation with imported water Adding Irrigation with Recycled Water

10 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Salt Management Plan Process ( ) Zone 7 was Lead Agency Developed through a collaborative process Formed a Technical Advisory Group Groundwater Management Advisory Committee Data compilation, analysis and presentations 1994 through 1999 In 1999, Zone 7 Board approved a Salt Management Strategy

11 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Challenges during the SMP development ( ) Technical challenges –Mass balance approach –How to Include All Salt Sources Economic Challenges/ Who should pay? –Users over the Main Basin vs outside the Main Basin –Existing users vs future users –Result: Groundwater Basin beneficiaries should pay

12 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Challenges during the SMP development ( ) Other challenges –Implementation impacts and benefits o water rates o delivered water quality – Growth vs no growth TAG and GMAC helped formulate policy goals and recommendations to our Board

13 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Adopted SMP Policy Goals Mitigate existing and future salt loading Maintain or Improve delivered water Quality Provide comparable delivered water quality to all retailers Provide a mechanism to offset salt loading associated with recycled water use Minimize O&M cost through adaptive management process & long term goals Developing Policy goals helped screen salt management strategies

14 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Analyzed SMP Strategies Increased conjunctive Use (The Core Strategy) Wellhead Demineralization w/ brine export Demineralize Recycled water and Inject into GW Basin – Failed due to public opposition Delta Fix - lower TDS import water (may improve salt balance but not in Zone 7 control) High TDS GW export via streams – Failed due to potential downstream impacts

15 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Zone 7 Board Approval and Implementation In August 1999 Zone 7 Board approved SMP –Increased conjunctive use with wellhead demineralization Strategy: –Mitigate existing and future salt loading –Maintain or Improve delivered water quality –Annual salt management decisions made through operations planning to provide flexibility to minimize cost and achieve long term goal

16 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 RWQCB Approval of SMP and Water Recycling In June 2004, the Three co-permittees submitted the Salt Management Plan for RWQCB approval In September 2004, RWQCB Approved the SMP

17 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 SMP Implementation Progress Initiated increased conjunctive use in 2000 In 2003 Initiated the planning and permitting for Wellhead Demineralization Facility In 2005 prepared GWMP for the Basin and incorporated the 2004 SMP by reference

18 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 SMP Implementation Progress In 2009 Wellhead Demineralization Facility came online –6.1 MGD permeate, 1.5 MGD brine –Capital Cost ~$36M and O&M cost ~$1.5M/year –Up to 3,000-4,000 tons net salt removed/year Full SMP Implementation needs additional recharge capacity –Use of Chain of Lakes after 2030

19 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Mocho Demineralization Plant

20 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Mocho Demineralization Plant Produces 6.1-million gallons per day of permeate water by Reverse Osmosis to be blended with bypass GW

21 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Recent SMP Related Developments In 2009, SWRCB Issued Recycled Water Use Policy requiring –Basins with Recycled water to have an approved SMP by May 2014 –SMPs to include Nutrient Management plans and CEC Monitoring plans Zone 7 has RWQCB approved SMP (since 2004)

22 Salt Management Plan History May 2012 Recent SMP Related Developments Zone 7 SMP needs amendment to include –Nutrient Management Plans –Monitoring plan for CEC –GW Basin Recharge area map Plans to amend the SMP by January 2014 –Working with RWQCB and other sister agencies –Held workshop with RWQCB and agencies –Coordinating with agencies on consistent approach


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