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Blogger - Sharon Fraser

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The Council welcomes Sharon Fraser to our team!  Sharon is available part time to answer member questions about water conservation program design or implementation, and use of the Council BMP reporting application. 

She recently retired from the El Dorado Irrigation District after more than 25 years of service, including eight years as the district’s water conservation coordinator. 

Sharon’s blog will offer insight and advice on water conservation program implementation, as well as feature new and successful conservation programs from Council members around the state.  We welcome you to send Sharon questions.  Send your email to asksharon@cuwcc.org.  

Watch for an online request form coming soon to this page to assist you in sending your questions to Sharon.

 

A Blog About Water Conservation & Efficiency for Council Members


Highlighting a Member’s Innovative Program:

Smart Meter Installations at the Long Beach Water Department

Friday, October 09, 2015

Water meters that transmit readings to a networked system are becoming more common place in California, as water agencies install “Smart Meters” with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) projects. Perhaps less common though, is a recent program implemented by the Long Beach Water Department. There, customers either voluntarily requested the installation of a Smart Meter, or they involuntarily received one because of abnormal water use. But, no matter the reason for installing Smart Meters, it’s what you do with the data that can make the installation of a Smart Meter a wise investment for a water utility. In this week’s blog, I write about some thought-provoking outcomes with the Long Beach program that I received from Dean Wang, water conservation specialist with the department.


What you need to know about BMP 1.4 Reporting

Monday, September 28, 2015
I’ve received several questions about Retail Conservation Pricing this past week, and implementation of this BMP can get complicated, but I’ll give you an overview on the BMP and how to report on it in this week’s blog. Prior to July 1st of this year, there were two basic methods or “Options” for implementation. For both of these options, determination of whether a utility is “on track” is based, in part, on the utility’s annual revenue as reported to the Council. Option 1 evaluates the portion of utility revenue that comes from volumetric charges on customers’ water bills. To be “on track,” a utility must derive at least 70% of its revenue from such charges. Option 2 uses rate design models to calculate a utility-specific percentage of volumetric revenue. Since July 1st, Council members can use new “Option 3.” This option uses a point scale from a three-section matrix. Option 3 reporting, including a spreadsheet tool, was highlighted during a recent Council webinar.  That video is available for members to view on the Council website. [http://cuwcc.org/Calendar/Workshops/Reporting-Database-Training-Videos]
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