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2017 Appropriations Limit

The Agency’s 2017 Appropriations Limit has been calculated at $1,016,988. Proceeds from property taxes for the Agency in 2017 are estimated to be $525,000. If the proceeds from taxes exceeded the Appropriations Limit, the excess, subject to a carry-over calculation, would have to be returned to the taxpayers. This is not the case for 2017.

 

Transmittal Document

DWR Offering Rebates

The “turf and toilet” rebate program is financed by the Proposition 1 water bond approved by voters in 2014. The program will help carry out Governor Brown’s April 1 Executive Order on drought to further reduce water use in homes by replacing more than 10 million square-feet of lawn and upgrading more than 60,000 water-wasting toilets.
DWR will oversee the two rebate programs, which provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement. Californians can visit www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com to apply for the rebates.

Letter to Customers regarding Water Conservation

June 3, 2015

Re: Implementing State-Mandated Drought Contingencies

Dear Water User:

On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, directing the State Water Board to issue emergency water conservation regulations to achieve a mandatory statewide 25% reduction in potable water usage through February 28, 2016. Subsequently, the State Water Board adopted Emergency Regulations which, among other things, impose additional water use prohibitions and mandate the Agency to achieve 36% savings in its customers’ potable water use in 2015 as compared to their use in 2013.

The Agency’s current available water supply, in conjunction with its customers’ conservation record and the Agency’s conservation efforts, would not independently justify imposing a mandatory 36% reduction in the Agency’s potable water production in order to protect against continuing drought conditions, as the Emergency Regulations do. Were it not for these mandatory regulations, South Feather Water and Power would not have to impose restrictions on its customers other than to request reasonable and voluntary conservation efforts. The Agency’s water storage currently stands at 70% of average for this time of year, which amount exceeds well over four times its customers’ annual potable demand.

Although the Agency believes that the State is imposing conservation measures on Agency customers that are inappropriate and unnecessary, South Feather intends to utilize its best efforts to comply with the Emergency Regulations’ mandates, which include the following wasteful water practices:

  1. Applying potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
  2. Use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
  3. The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
  4. The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
  5. The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
  6. The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and,
  7. The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;
  8. The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development; and,
  9. Failure of the operator of hotels and motels to provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.

Also, outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf utilizing potable water shall only be conducted between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. This restriction does not apply to the limited use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, an irrigation system that uses stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70% efficiency standard, very low-flow drip-type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour, or to commercial nurseries and growers utilizing non-potable, raw water.

We know that our customers are conscious of the drought because they already achieved a 10% decrease in 2014 as compared to 2013, and they are on track to conserve even more in 2015. So, in addition to implementing the mandatory conservation measures listed above, we’re asking Agency customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25% so that we can achieve the Agency’s assigned water conservation goal (water saving tips are available at www.southfeather.com). The Agency has no plans to impose water budgets or penalties on its customers, and there are also no plans to increase water rates to affect conservation.

Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.

Sincerely,

South Feather Water and Power Agency

Michael C. Glaze, General Manager

2015 Drought Information

In response to the Governor’s April 1 drought emergency proclamation, South Feather Water and Power Agency is asking its customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25%. Customers are also being asked to limit their outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf to every other day.

On April 1, 2015, the Agency had approximately 115,000 acre-feet of water in storage. End-of-year storage will be 60,000 acre-feet. Water consumed by customers for all purposes in 2015 will be less than 20,000 acre-feet. Conserved water remains in storage for the exclusive use of Agency customers.

Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir

In order to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations, South Feather Water and Power Agency will be performing a significant modification project to the Lost Creek Dam that will result in increased strength and serviceability of the dam.  As a result, Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir will be closed to the public beginning in the spring of 2015 through the fall of 2017.  Any change in status of this project will be posted at www.southfeather.com

All questions relating to this project can be directed to Shawn Hayse at 530-538-8856; or through email at shayse@southfeather.com

Lost Creek Dam Bid Results

Contractor Name

Total Bid Amount   ($)

Sierra   Mountain Construction, Inc. $                            19,664,650
Flat   Iron West, Inc. $                            21,486,825
Shimmick   Construction Company, Inc. $                            23,674,610
Kiewit   Infrastructure West, Inc. $                            23,743,000
Proven $                            24,857,777
ASI   Constructors, Inc. $                            26,407,070
Syblon-Reid $                            26,990,850
Granite   Construction Company $                            27,736,949

Lost Creek Dam Modification Project – Eligible Contractors List

Company Contact Name Contact Info
McMillen, LLC Curtis NeibaurCurtis.neibaur@Mcmillen-llc.com

 

208-342-4214208-342-4216

1401 Shoreline Dr.

Boise, ID 83702

Midwest Mobile Waterjet LLC Brian GleesonBgleeson@mmwaterjet.com 651-755-7089651-497-0417

555 Barge Channel Road

St. Paul. MN 55107

Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc. Gary Wilson, P.E.Gary@johnson-wilson.com (406) 443-0847(406) 459-3658
MCM Construction, Inc. Ron BurchRburch@mcmconstructioninc.com (916) 334-1221(916) 334-0562

6413 32nd Street

North Highlands, CA 95660

SSL Innovative Construction Products (MSEPlus) Andrew ThompsonAndrewt@mseplus.com (831) 430-9300(831) 3430-9340

4740 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite E

Scotts Valley, CA 95066

RA Nemetz Construction Mark LoveMark@ranemetz.com (209) 744-1001(209) 744-1005

(916) 869-4813

PO Box 5306

Galt, CA 95632

California Drilling & Blasting Co., Inc. Kenny LuysterKluyster@cadrillnblast.com (209) 785-1650
Kiewit Phil DupuisPhil.dupuis@kiewit.com
Holdrege & Kull Shane Cummingssdcummings@handk.net (530) 894-2487(530) 894-2437

(530) 362-0142

8 Seville Court, Ste 100

Chico, CA 95928

CMC Rebar Megan VillalobosMegan.villalobos@cmc.com (209) 834-9330(209) 836-1457

120 W. Larch Road

Tracy, CA 95304

Granite Construction Co. Colin CrawfordColin.crawford@gcinc.com (916) 855-4466(916) 825-4965

(916) 369-0429

4001 Bradshaw Road

Sacramento, CA  95827

HydroPressure Cleaning, Inc. Jeff GlassJeffg@hydropressure.com (805) 383-2868(805) 388-0423

(805) 509-3930

413 Dawson Drive

Camarillo, CA 93012

Ford Construction Company Jim Murrayest@ford-construction.com (209) 333-1116(209) 333-8597

639 East Lockeford St

Lodi, CA 95240

Syblon Reid Scott GoodallScottG@srco.com (916) 351-0457(916) 351-1674

PO Box 100

Folsom, CA 95763

SMB Industries dba Metal Works Trista HamblinTrista@mtlwks.com (530) 532-3710(530) 532-3760

550 Georgia Pacific Way

Oroville, CA 95965

ASI Constructors, Inc. Richard W. King, Estimating ManagerRking@asiconstructors.com (719) 647-2821(719) 647-2890

1850 E. Platteville Blvd.

Pueblo West, CO 81007

Barnard Construction Kevin SchneiderKevin.schneider@barnard-inc.com (406) 586-1995(406) 581-7899

701 Gold Avenue

Bozeman, MT 59715

K.W. Emerson, Inc. Mike McPheeMike@kwemerson.com (209) 754-3839 x. 102(209) 754-3830

P.O. Box 549

413 W. St. Charles St.

San Andreas, CA  95249

Shimmick Construction Jamie HelmickJhelmick@shimmick.com (510) 777-5000(510) 777-5099

8201 Edgewater Dr., Suite 201

Oakland, CA  94621

D.A. Lampe Construction Darren Lampedalampeconst@comcast.net (530) 520-0742(530) 343-7442

P.O. Box 1218

Durham, CA 95938 (Mail)

3060 Thorntree Dr. #90

Chico, CA 95973 (office)

Hughes Brothers Inc. Casey MattsonCasey.mattson@hughesbros.com (800) 869-0359(402) 646-6262

(402) 643-2149

210 N  13th St

P.O. Box 159

Seward, NE 68434-0159

OneSource Distributors George GuilloryGguillory@1sourcedist.com (510) 441-2411 x5106(707) 290-7100

2001 Marina Blvd

San Leandro, CA 94577

ProVen Management Inc. Maria MaresMaria@provenmanagement.com (415) 421-9500(415) 421-9600

2000 Fifth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710

Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc. Nick NjirichNick@sierramtn.net (415) 896-2859(415) 830-7150

(800) 507-5295

16355 Yosemite Road

Sonora, CA 95370

C&K Johnson Industries, Inc. Jesse JohnsonCkjohnsonind@gmail.com (707) 822-7687(707) 822-5813

1061 Samoa Blvd

Arcata, CA 95521

Garco Construction, Inc. Tim R. LoucksTloucks@garco.com (509) 535-4688(509) 535-1384

(509) 755-7222

4114 E. Broadway Ave

Spokane Valley, WA 99202

Cutting Technologies Jay FaithJay@cuttingtechnologies.com (856) 456-2255(856) 456-8070

101 Washington Ave

Gloucester City, NJ 08030

Neil’s Controlled Blasting Craig Lepleycallepca@aol.com (415) 760-6779(916) 663-2507

490 Main Street

Newcastle, CA 95658

J.E. McAmis Scott Vandegriftsvandegrift@jemcamis.com (530) 891-5061(530) 624-9732

621 Country Dr.

Chico, CA 95928

Flatiron West, Inc. Lillian SimonLiSimon@flatironcorp.com (707) 742-6000(707) 742-6053

(707) 746-1603 (fax)

2100 Goodyear Road

Benicia, CA  94510

American Hydro John Bertjbert@americanhydro.net (443) 324-5891(410) 574-8470

(410) 574-8472

9209 Philadelphia Road

Baltimore, MD 21237

 

HPC, Inc. Paul Phelpspaulp@hydropressure.com

 

805-760-3438413 Dawson Dr.

Camarillo, CA 93012

Central Environmental Inc. Tallun Andersontallun@cei-alaska.com

 

 

907-632-0297311 N. Sitka St

Anchorage, AK

Condon-Johnson Mark Morrisonmmorrison@condon-johnson.com

 

 

510-636-2100480 Roland Way Suite 200

Oakland, CA 94621

Manito Construction Inc. Ron Sanchezjeff@manitoconstruction.com

 

925-260-7118925-600-0220

1043 Serpentine Ln

Pleasonton, CA 95945

Nordic Industries Ray Bertelsenestimating@nordicind.com 530-742-7124530-742-5545

1437 Furneaux Rd.

Olivehurst, CA 95961

Penhall Company Ron LeRossignolrlerossignol@penhall.com 916-842-95138416 Specialty Circle

Sacramento, CA 95628

Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project

*** Updated: September 25, 2014 ***

On September 15, 2014, the bid specifications and drawings for the Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project were issued to contractors that have executed a Non-disclosure Agreement with SFWPA.  To receive bid documents and supporting data, a Non-disclosure Agreement must be submitted to SFWPA Power Division Manager, Kathy Zancanella (Kzancanella@southfeather.com), no later than September 24, 2014.  A Mandatory Pre-bid meeting will be held at 10am on September 29, 2014 at the SFWPA Board Room located at 2310 Oro Quincy Highway, Oroville, CA 95966.  Bids will be opened on October 24, 2014. No new prime contractors will be allowed to participate in the bid process after the September 29, 2014 pre-bid meeting.  Subcontractors who want to review bid documents must either execute a non-disclosure agreement with SFWPA prior to the pre-bid meeting or be added to a prime contractor’s subcontractor list.

Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project

The Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project will be released to bid when the final engineering approvals are received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Division of Safety of Dams.  This is expected to occur in August-September 2014.

Parties interested in receiving notifications relating to the procurement process for the subject project should contact the Project Engineer at AECOM Technical Services, Inc., via regular U.S. mail or email at the addresses provide below in order to be added to the list.

U.S. Mail: Email
Thomas R. Barnard, PE
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
2020 L Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95811
Thomas.barnard@aecom.com

 

Please provide contact information for the person to be notified regarding the status of the construction services procurement process for the subject project as follows:

Contractor Name
Primary Contact: Name,   Voice and Fax Telephone Numbers [please provide only one contact person]
Mailing Address
Email Address

Interested parties will be required to execute a Non-disclosure Agreement with South Feather Water and Power Agency prior to receiving any bid documents that are considered Critical Energy Infrastructure Information.

Current Water Concerns

Thank you  for visiting our website regarding your water quality concerns.  In addition to making sure the water at our customers’ taps is safe to drink, South Feather Water and Power Agency also strives to meet customer expectations for water characteristics such as taste, odor and appearance.  These types of aesthetic concerns in drinking water are not considered public health threats, and the source water and distribution system is frequently monitored to assure water quality standards are met.  The water quality concerns of our customers is given immediate attention and considered as one of our highest priorities.

We are currently experiencing a taste and odor problem that is the result of an unusually high concentration of organic matter in our source-water reservoir.  We are presently importing fresh water into the reservoir to reduce the concentration of the problematic organic matter.  Also, the water distribution system is being flushed extensively to provide improved water quality to our customers’ residences.

Thank you for your time, attention and patience regarding this important subject.

For more information, please read: http://southfeather.com/2014/04/unusual-taste-and-odor-in-sfwpa-water-not-a-health-or-safety-concern/

Drought Information

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for California and has called for a 20% reduction in personal water use statewide.

South Feather Water and Power Agency’s total consumptive demand in 2013 was only 33% of the anticipated yield for the 2013-14 drought-declared water year.  Therefore, SFWPA is not anticipating having to impose drought contingencies, restrictions or rationing requirements on its customers.  The Agency’s water storage and supply sources will continue to more than adequately meet the current and foreseeable future demand.

Storage information (in acre-feet) for SFWPA’s storage facilities is posted at http://cdec.water.ca.gov.  The Station ID for Little Grass Valley Reservoir is “LGV”, and the ID for Sly Creek Reservoir is “SLC.”  Agency personnel send its storage report every Monday, and the data is usually posted to this website by DWR about one to two weeks after it is sent.

Notwithstanding South Feather’s ample storage and supply, water conserved by Agency customers becomes available for environmental and consumptive uses in areas of the state south of SFWPA’s service area.  Therefore, South Feather Water and Power Agency strongly supports the drought declaration and the statewide voluntary reduction in water use.

In the recent past, SFWPA has expended significant financial and personnel resources to implement many water conservation measures including updating, repairing and replacing water conveyance facilities,  modernizing water treatment plants, and water measurement improvements.    You can also play a role in conserving water and save yourself money in the process by becoming conscious of the amounts of water your household is using, and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can.  It is not hard to conserve water.  Here are a few tips:

  • Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded.  So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Check every faucet in your home for leaks.  Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons each day.  Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl.  It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons per day from an invisible toilet leak.  Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons per year.
  • Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks.  Simply turn off all taps and water-using appliances.  Then check the meter after 15 minutes.  If it moved, you have a leak and may need to call a plumber.

Public Notice: Appropriation Limits

The Board of Directors will consider adopting the attached resolution at its meeting on January 28, 2014 to establish the appropriation limit of the Agency at $910,897 for Fiscal Year 2013.

PDF – Resolution: 20140128_Appr_Limit

Now Pay Online

South Feather Water and Power Agency now offers a web payments system. Click “Bill Pay” in the top right hand corner of the website to be taken to the new web portal. This web payment system allows for payments by credit card or check 24 hours a day. Customers may also access bill, payment, and usage history for each account. Try the new web payment system now.

Water Rates Reduced

The cost of water for customers of South Feather Water and Power Agency (SFWPA) will be less in 2012.

The average homeowner receiving water from SFWPA will pay $100 less in 2012 as a result of action taken recently by SFWPA’s Board of Directors. Beginning January 1, the cost of treated water will drop from 64¢ per unit down to 53¢ (a unit is 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons). The rate will drop again in 2014 down to 42¢, and then again in 2017 down to 35¢.

For many years, SFWPA has been subsidizing the expense of treating and delivering water to its customers. The Agency will spend $2.62 million in 2011 for this purpose, with only $2.2 million being billed to customers. Revenue from the sale of electricity has been used to make up the difference. The reduction in rates that will go into effect in 2012 will reduce water-sales revenue and, by 2017, about $1 million of power revenue annually will be used to subsidize water treatment and delivery expenses.

Jim Edwards, SFWPA’s Board President, explained that the rate reduction was made possible by the increased revenue that is now coming from a new power purchase agreement between SFWPA and PG&E. He said, “We’ve been planning this change in rates for several years now, and are excited to finally be able to reduce the cost of water for our customers.”

SFWPA’s rate structure that has been in place for over two decades has two tiers. Customers are charged 64¢ per unit for up to 100 units of water consumed (748,000 gallons). The price then drops to 25¢ per unit for all consumption beyond the first 100 units. The new rate structure will drop the price for the first 100 units from 64¢ in three stages down to 35¢ in 2017 (53¢ in 2012, and 42¢ in 2014). At the same time, the second-tier price will increase in three stages from 25¢ to 35¢ per unit in 2017 (28¢ in 2012, and 31¢ in 2014). By the time the third stage is implement in 2017, customers will pay only 35¢ per unit, regardless of the amount they consume.