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2A Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 Feather River Bulletin r rd susp QCSD's $54, fine Laura Beaten The district will be Staff Writer required to submit its reports Ibeaton@plumasnews.com using specified modules provided by the water quality control board. Quincy Community Services District is off the hook for $54,000 in fines accrued for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The violations occurred during the period of June 1, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2012, and Feb. 1 - March 31, 2013. The district had asked for a waiver of the times because of projects it undertook toward bringing its wastewater treatment plant in compliance. The water board sent a letter to the district dated July 11 and wrote that "the entire $54,000 is treated as a suspended Administrative Liability." More good news was shared by director Jim Bequette at the board's Aug. 14 meeting regarding the two-district wastewater treatment rate committee, which met for the third time July 22. Bequette said the committee continued discussion around the financial reserves necessary to sustain the wastewater treatment plant serving American Valley. He said that the two East Quincy Services District committee members, Bill Martin and Kathy Felker, recognize the need to provide for contingencies and want to work with QCSD to plan for them. Their next committee meeting is scheduled for Aug. 19. Electronic records The growing trend of conducting business electronically has made its way to the wastewater treatment world. The Environmental Protection Agency approved replacing hardcopy discharge monitoring reports as of Oct. 1 with electronically submitted DMRs. Wastewater rehabilitation project Cal Electro, contractor for the Quincy Wastewater ColleCtion System . Rehabilitation Project that replaced major sections of the district's aging sewer pipes in 2012-13, sent a letter to Plumas County Public Works and cc'd QCSD regarding final negotiations related to paving repairs included in the rehab project. Cal Electro asked for a "definitive scope of repairs as (the subcontractor) was unclear what areas were deficient." General manager Larry Sullivan said both he and district engineer Pace Engineering have been unsuccessful in their attempts to get specific details from public works on the scope of paving work that the county is not satisfied with. Board members expressed concern that autumn is fast approaching and, along with it, falling temperatures that impede paving. Additionally, board members expressed concern that the performance bond deadline occurs in November, and they are worried the county might try to bill the district for paving costs. Board president Denny Churchill said he felt confident that if the county failed to address its paving concerns in a timely manner and seeks to hold the district financially liable for future paving costs, the district could prove it made every effort possible to satisfy the county's requirements. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. Citizens who reported major leak receive appreciation certificate Laura Beaten Staff Writer Ibeaton@plumasnews.com A married couple in East Quincy who reported water gushing out of an overflow valve in late June received a certificate of appreciation and a gift card to Sav-Mor Foods for their conscientious act. During East Quincy Services District's Aug. 12 board meeting, chairman of the board Ernie Eaton presented the award to DanieUe Frid and thanked her and her absent husband Jesse (fighting fire in Mendocino) for recognizing the problem and taking the time to report it. He said the overflow valve was in fact the source of the major leak in the district's water system: Staff determined that the leak was a result of hydraulic imbalance, caused by telemetry parameters having been unknowingly reset, creating a situation in which tank 2 wasn't reaching the water level set point that would tell tank 1, which feeds it, to shut itself off. New general manager One district's gain is another district's loss. When EQSD hired Quincy Community Services District lead mechanic Mike Green to fill its empty general manager position Aug. 5, QCSD lost a valued employee, general manager Larry Sullivan said. Several months ago Green resigned his position as board director for EQSD, saying he wanted the option to advance his career. Now he has. Next month Green is taking a test to obtain his grade II water distribution operator certification. This license, along with his grade I water treatment operator certification, are required by the state to operate a public water plant. Green also has his wastewater operator California Governor Brown has declared a drought State of Emergency on January 17, 2014, and Called upon all Californians to do their part to reduce their water usage. The State Water Resources Control Board is now requiring all water suppliers to institute mandatory water conservation. A District our size must either restrict outdoor watering to two days per week OR institute other mandatory conservation measures. At this time, Quincy CommUnity Services District has elected to institute other mandatory conservation measures with the hope that we will achieve sufficient reduction and not have to institute further restrictions. In 2012, Quincy CSD began our voluntary alternate watering days to begin conserving water. In accordance with the State requirements, effective immediately, the voluntary alternate watering days are mandatory. If the last number in your address is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8), water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. If the last number is odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9), water on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. There is no watering on Mondays. The regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Board further restrict the following activities: No Excessive Irrigation: Irrigating in a manner that causes or allows ~' . potable water to run off property onto sidewalks, gutters, streets, ditches, or storm drains is prohibited. No Landscape Watering between Noon and 6 p.m. No use of a hose to wash an automobile unless the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle. No Washing down Hard or Paved Surfaces, Customers may not wash down sidewalk& walkways, driveways, parking lots, patios or other paved surfaces, except to alleviate immediate safety or sanitation hazards or to prepare paved surfaces for sealing. We appreciate your assistance and cooperation. Please call our office if you have any further questions. Thank you! Quincy Community Services District 900 Spanish Creek Road Quincy, CA 95971 aVe 0U[ Phone: Danielle Frid accepts a certificate of appreciation and a gi:ft card from East Quincy Services District board chairman Ernie Eaton on Aug. 12. Frid and her husband Jesse, who was away fighting fires in Mendocino during the presentation, reported a major leak from a well overflow valve that was responsible for a large water loss. Photo by Laura Beaten license, but because EQSD conservation measures for its used for washing vehicles doesn't have a wastewater customers effective must have a shutoff nozzle. treatment plant, the district is immediately. Violators may be fined up not required to have staff on In essence, the ordinanceto $500 per day. However, the board with the license, restricts outside watering to board emphasized that its Green's starting date is three days per week for all focus is on educating the Sept. 1 and his salary is EQSD customers, accordingpublic, not enforcement. $70,020 plus benefits, to their street address. Water conservation kits Odd-numbered addresses should be arriving soon, Mandatory water may water Tuesdays, secretary Shawneen Howe conservation Thursdays and Saturdays; reported, and will be Due to the emergency even-numbered addresses available for purchase in the regulation for statewide may water Wednesdays, office for a nominal fee at the water conservation mandated Fridays and Sundays; and no end of the month. Howe said by the State Water Resources watering at all is permitted all customers will be notified Control Board, customers in Mondays. of the regulations by mail. East Quincy are now There is no landscape Additionally, information obligated to restrict their watering allowed any day will be posted on the district's outside water usage, joining between noon and 6 p.m. website, eastquincycsd.com. QCSD customers who were Other prohibited activities The board adopted the notified of similar include excessive irrigation 2014-15 final budget, projecting restrictions three weeks ago. and the use of potable water water sales of $450,000 and a The EQSD board adopted for fountains or other final budget of $695,738. resbluti0n No. 273 a~ ~ts decorative feature exceptThe next regular board regular meeting Aug. 12, where the water is part of a meeting will be held Tuesday, establishing mandatory water recirculating system. Hoses Sept. 9, at 6:30 plm. 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