(Posted September 14, 2022)

An unprecedented heat wave significantly impacted California over Labor Day weekend. With the Governor of California declaring a state of emergency, like many residents and organizations in Marin, North Marin Water District responded to calls for voluntary energy conservation to help reduce power demands within California while prioritizing public health and safety.

For the week beginning 9/2, we temporarily shut down all of our pumping activities from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m with the exception of the hydropneumatic zones, monitored filter maintenance and water heater adjustments. We will monitor the situation and continue to adjust our pumping activities to accommodate energy conservation priorities. In addition, we continue to utilize the solar system at Stafford Lake, which reduces our overall dependency on the electrical grid.

For more information on state-wide Flex Alerts and power conservation, visit https://energyupgradeca.org/flex-alert

(Updated August 25, 2022) Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pop-Up Event this past Saturday.   We had a good response and hope to do it again sometime in the future.

We are having a Drought Tool Kit Pop-Up event on August 20, 2022 at Pini Ace Hardware from 10am to 2pm (out in front).  Here are the details:

Saturday, August 20, 2022
From 10am-2pm
Pini Ace Hardware 1535 S Novato Blvd., Suite A

Make sure to pop by and get your FREE Drought Tool Kit which may include:

For more information, please contact the District’s Water Conservation Hotline at (415) 761-8944 or email at waterconserve@nmwd.com.

(Updated 6/28/22) The North Marin Water District (District) has temporarily relocated offices while an upgraded Administration and Laboratory building is being constructed.  The temporary office is located at 100 Wood Hollow, Suite 300 and will be open to the public initially by appointment only.  We can be reached during normal business hours , Monday through Friday (8am to 5pm), at 415-897-4133.

The District’s Administration and Laboratory Upgrade project consists of a new water quality laboratory building addition and the renovation of the existing Administration building.  The existing building is over 56 years old and many recognized industry standards, including the American National Standards Institute, establish the useful life of a public building at 50 years. The current water quality laboratory hasn’t been substantially updated since the mid-1970’s. The project scope includes necessary ADA accessibility improvements to the building entrances and interior spaces as well as exterior path of travel for employees and visitors from the parking areas to the building entrances. The new building will have energy efficient heating and cooling systems and a fire alarm and fire sprinkler system, a critical safety feature that the current building lacks. The project will provide a new central location and technological improvements to the District “Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)” systems that will allow Operations staff to monitor the status water distribution system, including pump stations and tank levels.

As a cost control strategy, three alternate bid items are included in the project Construction Documents: 1) Landscaping and Irrigation; 2) Pavement improvements at the entrance and service driveways; and 3) an emergency back-up generator. The construction was awarded to D.L. Falk Construction of Hayward in the amount of $11,614,000 which was under the construction cost estimate of $12,866,000. The landscaping and irrigation alternate was also awarded in the amount of $96,000. District staff are separately working on the extension of the existing recycled water distribution system in Redwood Boulevard into Rush Creek Place, which would better facilitate new landscape irrigation. District staff are also coordinating with the City of Novato on a future paving project for Rush Creek Place; and the District has been approved to submit a grant application for the back-up generator.

(Posted June 2, 2022)

In a move designed to increase reliability and address salinity levels in the water supply, North Marin Water District has begun construction of the new Gallagher Well No. 2, on the Gallagher North Bend Ranch just outside Point Reyes Station. 

This new well will complement the existing Gallagher Well, and will increase the supply of high-quality groundwater during times that the district’s other two wells, located near downtown Point Reyes Station, are impacted by seasonal salt water intrusion.

This project coincides with conservation work undertaken on the Gallagher Ranch by the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT). MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program addressed stream bank stabilization issues with measures that include construction of a log crib retaining wall, and the planting of willows and various native grasses along creek banks. This project will enhance water quality in Lagunitas Creek and protect North Marin Water District’s downstream Gallagher Well No 1. well from potential contamination.

With the first phase of drilling underway, the well is expected to be operational and providing water to customers by late summer. The project was awarded a grant under the California Department of Water Resources Small Community Drought Relief Program which helps offset the majority of the construction costs.

(Posted May 16, 2022)

The District proposes rate increases for the West Marin Water service area for fiscal year 2022-2023. If approved at the public hearing on June 28, 2022, the new rates will go into effect on July 1, 2022.

For more details about the public hearing and the proposed rate increases see the links below.

The key reasons that a 6% rate increase is needed are described below:

More Information About Proposed Rate Changes

(Posted May 9, 2022)  On March 4, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-6-22 (EO) regarding sanctions in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.  The EO is located at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/3.4.22-Russia-Ukraine-Executive-Order.pdf.

This serves as a notice under the EO that as a contractor working under a state-funded project, compliance with the economic sanctions imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is required, including with respect to, but not limited to, the federal executive orders identified in the EO and the sanctions identified on the U.S. Department of the Treasury website (https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/sanctions-programs-and-country-information/ukraine-russia-related-sanctions).  Failure to comply may result in the termination of contracts or grants, as applicable.