News Release

Posted on: April 4, 2016

MMWD Releases Draft Urban Water Management Plan for Public Review

Public Hearings on Plan Set for MMWD Board Meetings of April 19 and May 17

The Marin Municipal Water District is releasing the district’s draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) for public review and input. The UWMP is a long-range plan that the State of California requires water providers of a certain size to update and submit to the State Department of Water Resources every five years.

Preparation of the plan supports long-term resource planning and ensures adequate water supplies are available to meet existing and future demands over a 20-year planning horizon. The plan also must include a progress report on the 20% reduction in per-capita urban water consumption by the year 2020, as required in the State Water Conservation Bill of 2009.

The district will hold two public hearings on the plan, the first at the April 19 MMWD Board of Directors’ meeting to accept public comment on the plan, and the second at the May 17 board meeting to respond to the comments. Customers also may provide comments by email directed to Stephanie Eichner-Gross, Board Secretary (seichner@marinwater.org) or regular mail sent to MMWD 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera CA 94925 Attn: Stephanie Eichner-Gross, Board Secretary, through May 4. The Board of Directors will consider adoption of the final plan at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on June 7.

The UWMP includes an analysis of water supply availability and reliability, updated population and job growth estimates for MMWD’s service area, and updated demand forecasts reflecting the population and job estimates as well as expected reductions in water use based on state plumbing code updates from 2015.

UWMPs were first required when the California Urban Water Management Planning Act was passed in 1983, although requirements have changed over the years in response to water shortages, droughts, and other factors. The regulations require water suppliers to coordinate the preparation of their UWMP with other local governments to ensure consistency in planning and reporting. In MMWD’s case, that includes the County of Marin and the 10 towns and cities in MMWD’s service area.

MMWD’s draft plan is available on MMWD’s website. Hard copies of the plan are available for review at the district office in Corte Madera and electronic copies are available for review at all local libraries in MMWD’s service area.

The UWMP aligns with MMWD’s Strategic Plan Goal 1: Water Supply Resiliency, Strategy 1: Develop appropriate water resource mix to meet the water reliability needs of the community we serve; and Strategy 2: Emphasize water use efficiency as a core water resource element for MMWD; and Objective 1: Meet 20% reduction in water use by 2020 through water conservation efforts and Objective 2: Implement new conservation programs to achieve targets.

MMWD is Marin County’s largest drinking water provider, serving a population of 187,500 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water. The annual operating budget for the district for fiscal year 2015/16 is $66.8 million.

Media Contact: Emma Detwiler
Phone: (415) 945-1592
Email: edetwiler@marinwater.org

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