How did the original Fire Flow Improvement Program get started?
In the early 1990s a series of catastrophic events – the Loma Prieta earthquake, the Oakland Hills Fire (which destroyed 3,000 homes), and the Mount Vision fire in West Marin (which destroyed 12,000 acres) – caused a broad coalition of community leaders, including MMWD, the County of Marin, and local fire agencies, to evaluate ways to improve the firefighting capability of the district’s water system. This effort resulted in development of the district’s Fire Flow Master Plan (FFMP) in January 1996, which identified a wide range of capital projects needed to improve the water system’s firefighting capabilities. A year later, in 1997, the district adopted a 15-year program to implement the FFMP, funded by an annual $75 fire flow fee paid by property owners in MMWD’s service area.

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1. What is the Fire Flow Improvement Program?
2. How did the original Fire Flow Improvement Program get started?
3. What has been accomplished by the Fire Flow Improvement Program?
4. Why are there pipelines that don’t meet fire flow standards?
5. Why weren’t all fire flow improvements included in the original 15-year Fire Flow Master Plan?
6. How were the projects selected for the Fire Flow Improvement Program?
7. Why do I have to pay the $75 fee when there isn’t a project planned for my neighborhood?
8. Will the $75 fee increase over the 19 year term of the program?
9. Since many new hydrants will be installed, who determines where those hydrants will be located?
10. If there is a fire flow project constructed in my street, is there an additional cost to me?