What is the Fire Flow Improvement Program?

The Fire Flow Improvement Program was initiated in 1997 to improve the firefighting capability and seismic reliability of our water system. The program is funded by an annual $75 parcel fee paid by property owners in MMWD's service area. With the support of local fire officials, in 2012 the MMWD Board of Directors approved extending the original 15-year program for another 19 years (until 2031). The current program will replace 52 miles of pipelines with larger pipelines that can carry greater volumes of water and construct seismic improvements.

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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?