The City’s 2010 UWMP revises the 2005 UWMP prepared by the City and incorporates changes enacted by legislation since 2005. The UWMP also incorporates water use efficiency efforts the City has implemented or is considering implementing pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation in California (MOU) with the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC). The City has been a signatory to the MOU since November 1996. The sections in this UWMP correspond to the outline of the Act, specifically Article 2, Contents of Plans, Sections 10631, 10632, and 10633 as well as DWR’s Guidebook . The most recent version of DWR’s UWMP Checklist has been completed, which identifies the location of Act requirements in this UWMP and is included as Appendix B.
Since 2005, several amendments have been added to the Urban Water Management Act. The major changes to the Act impacting preparation of the 2010 UWMPs include the following:
• Requirement of at least 60 days advance public notice of preparation to city or county prior to public hearing on UWMP; Requirement that the UWMP includes water use projects for single-family and multi-family residential housing needed for low income and affordable households (retailers only); and
• Requirement that “indirect potable reuse” of recycled water be described and quantified in the UWMP, including a determination with regard to the technical and economic feasibility of serving those uses.
However, the most significant impact on 2010 UWMPs was the requirements mandated through the passing of Senate Bill (SB) X7-7. On November 10, 2009, the state legislature passed SB X7-7 (or the Water Conservation Bill of 2009) as a water conservation component to the Delta legislative package that seeks a 20 percent statewide reduction in urban per capita water use in California by December 31, 2020. SB X7-7 requires that each retail agency preparing a 2010 UWMP must calculate a baseline water use as well as an interim (for 2015) and final (for 2020) water use reduction target. The methodologies used to calculate both the baseline and targets were outlined in the Draft and Final UWMP guidelines published by DWR in December 2010 and March 2011. Since final guidelines were not released until March 2011, the deadline for retailer UWMP adoption and submittal was extended to July 1, 2011.
Links to the Urban Water Management Plans are below: