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Wastewater Neighborhood Meetings Code of Conduct: Be willing - participate fully; Be Kind - treat others with dignity and respect; Be open - consider new.

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1 Wastewater Neighborhood Meetings Code of Conduct: Be willing - participate fully; Be Kind - treat others with dignity and respect; Be open - consider new ideas and perspectives; Be Truthful - share accurate facts about my situation

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3 May 19, 2011 resolution Septic discharge prohibition in 2016 for parts of the Town of Yucca Valley Prohibition area will incorporate more of the Town in 2019 and again in 2022 No discharge will be allowed after those dates

4 Solid materials settle in tanks Liquids discharged into aquifer through leach line Discharge pollutes groundwater Malfunction or leaking systems often go undetected

5 Decades of septic use Nitrate levels rising Pharmaceutical and other pollutants Septic discharge is responsible Stopping discharge will protect our groundwater

6 WHAT ARE THE CRWQCB’s WAYS TO CEASE DISCHARGING?

7 Average pumping cost: $365 How often? –Septic systems: gallons –Average person generates approx. 80 gallons/day wastewater –2.19 people per residence on average in Yucca Valley –Expensive Every drop that goes down the drain would have to be pumped

8 Approx. $25,000 Upfront payment required Monthly maintenance/monitoring (testing) –$300-$700 per month Owner responsible for repairs CRWQCB yearly permit fee Additional Costs: Fencing, Replacement Parts, labor, etc. Expensive

9 Most cost-effective option Spreads costs fairly over everyone District responsible for maintenance, monitoring and repairs No upfront payment required Meets government and state agencies’ standards

10 WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE CURRENTLY BEING DONE

11 State steps in Enforcement: –Cease and desist notices –Letters of noncompliance –Forced to stop discharge –Fines

12 Private connection –Connects from home to the sewer pipes (and abandons septic system) Collection system –Pipes that transport wastewater all the way to the treatment facility; as well as road restoration. Treatment facility –Treats wastewater to a standard that can safely be discharged back into ground through recharge ponds and will reduce reliance on imported water by 1/3

13 Secured more than $7 million in grants Explored many different design options Low interest rates –1.3% interest rate –May receive a lower interest rate –Low rates could save millions on this project –We need to act now

14 Grants Form assessment district Assessments paid on property tax bill over 30 years (low interest) Assessment district secures loan and releases funds to build project –Secondary loan for private property connections (optional)

15 Mail-in ballot Weighted vote based upon discharge amount Greater than 50% of weighted ($) votes must say yes When the Assessment District passes, the prohibition dates may be extended by CRWQCB If it doesn’t pass, project will not be funded and prohibition remains UNCHANGED

16 Online tool available to help you find your phaseOnline tool Assessments vary on which Phase property is located in - Phase I will be connecting first - Phase II & III will have subsequent assessments

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18 Infrastructure (financed) + Private Connection (financed) + Monthly Sewer Service Bill = Total Phase 1 Cost

19 Phase 2 and 3 will have subsequent assessments when they are ready to be constructed PHASE I PROJECT COSTS $146,039,436 Property 0% Phase I: Single Family Residence$18,280$59$55$51 Phase I: Multi-Family Residence$13,915$45$42$39 Phase I: Mobile Home Residence$10,495$34$32$30 Phase I: Undeveloped Land$14,255$46$43$40 Phase I: Deferred$8,775$29$27$25 Phase II & III: Infrastructure Cost Share$4,495$15$14$13 PHASE I INFRASTRUCTURECOST 1% INTEREST 0.5% INTEREST 0% INTEREST TOTAL COST $146,039,436$23,723,142$11,590,793$0.00

20 Assessment Engineers Calculation Based on amount of water usage 2012/2013 Minimum cost of 1 EDU = SFR (18,280) Once commercial EDU is determined the approx. cost is calculated as follows: Approx. EDUs X 18,280 = Approx. Cost Call District for cost

21 Approx. $2,000 for Single Family Residence Commercial connection Estimates –Septic Tank Abandonment = $500 each –Sewer Lateral Line = $25.50 linear foot (incl. asphalt) –Lateral Cleanouts = $ Optional financing through District Low interest loan Also on property tax bill 30-year repayment term Payments begin in 2017

22 Will not be paid until you are connected and use system Estimated bill: –Single family residence: $36 –Multi-family per unit: $27 –Mobile home per unit: $21.60 Businesses – based upon amount of wastewater generated

23 HOW WILL OUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT FROM A CENTRALIZED SYSTEM?

24 Removes Nitrates and other Pollutants from our local water supply Secures safe drinking water for the future of the community Replenishes our local water supply Beneficial to our environment Beneficial for our health

25 Hosting meetings Assessment Vote Construction will beginConstruction Visit ProtectGroundwater.org and watch our video for more informationProtectGroundwater.org Call or us with questions anytime

26 QUESTIONS?

27 Decades of septic use Nitrate levels rising Pharmaceutical and other pollutants Septic discharge is responsible Stopping discharge will protect our groundwater

28 Solid materials settle in tanks Liquids discharged into aquifer through leach line Discharge pollutes groundwater Malfunction or leaking systems often go undetected

29 Approx. $2,000 for Single Family Residence Commercial to be determined Optional financing through District Low interest loan Also on property tax bill 30-year repayment term Payments begin in Fall 2016

30 Three Parcels: (Non-Assessed) Calculated based on the amount of units on each parcel

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32 All three phases will have similar costs once entire project is completed


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