Water Testing Update January 29, 2019
As part of our water testing program, and in light of the reports that Paradise Irrigation District had reported benzene in their water, Gran Mutual took water samples from each neighborhood and tested for benzene. All results came back as “None Detected”. We are also ran a full test for organic and inorganic contaminants on the water from both wells and those results also came back as “None Detected” on all parameters tested for.
Also, we still continue to chlorinate the system, as we have since the fire, because we still have some repairs to make on a pressure reducing station and to provide clean up water connections for homes that were lost. Once all of these small repairs are fully completed, we will be able to stop chlorinating, but we don’t have a time frame for that at the present time.
About Landscape Irrigation Water:
With the fire encroaching on many of our properties, it is highly likely that some or all of your irrigation system could be damaged. As we head to spring and the following irrigation season, please make sure to carefully check your irrigation system for leaks, melted pipes or drip tubing and any other damage.
Once you do start irrigating, remember that PG&E charges Gran Mutual Water Company the highest rates during the peak time hours. In the summer, Gran Mutual Water Company (ie our members) pays thousands of dollars per month for electricity to pump water. With the highest use of water for irrigation in the summer, it can really pay off if the members set an off peak time for landscape irrigation.
The Board is asking all the water users to time their use of water for landscape irrigation during partial peak or off peak periods. Off peak hours are from 9:30 pm to 8:30 am. It is partial peak from 8:30 am to noon and from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Noon to 6:00 pm is the time to avoid water use.
Member cooperation will help the Board prevent a rate increase. Tell your landscaper or whoever sets the irrigation timing about this request.
Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.
The Spanish Garden Pipeline Project:
In Spring of 2018, the board of directors authorized a contract to do Phase I of the Spanish Garden Water Reliability Project. This project is being paid for by the accumulated capital reserves the company has established to allow for preventative maintenance and system improvements.
The purpose of this project is to enhance the fire flow protection in the area around the top of Alms Bluff drive. This area is currently not protected by a fire hydrant that can deliver the recommended flow rates.
The second goal of this project is to increase the reliability of the system to ensure reliable water service to residents of Spanish Garden Dr. There is a section of original pipeline that is nearing 40 years old, and it was installed down the side of the bluff, with a few substandard anchors into the lava rock as the only support. If this section of pipeline was to fail, the residents of Spanish Garden Drive would have no water for an extended period of time (weeks). This project will prevent that possibility.
UPDATE as of November 15, 2018:
The Project is essentially complete and the pipelines and new hydrants are now all installed. The remaining work is fixing the roads that were dug up, but this has been put on hold due to the fire and also weather.
We now have 4 new fire hydrants installed between Canyon Rim Place and Alms Bluff Drive. This dramatically improves the fire protection capabilities in this area. This new pipeline section is in full operation and gave us the ability to bypass a damaged reducing valve station that was burned up to restore water to the system in a much more timely manner.
The final invoicing has not yet been received for this project, but it appears that the project will be completed substantially under the engineers estimated cost which was the budgeted amount.
UPDATE as of January 22, 2019
The project ended up coming in about $60,000 under budget. It has also proven to be a good thing that we completed this project. The section of pipeline that runs down the cliff to Spanish Garden Drive was our area of concern, and during the recent rainstorms, a giant digger pine blew over and landed directly on top of that section of the pipeline. We now have that section of the pipeline isolated and drained in case the tree moves and breaks the line. Without this project, that would have meant no water for any of the homes on Spanish Garden Drive.
The Board of Directors Report:
The all-volunteer Board of Directors for the Gran Mutual Water Company meets once a month to discuss administration of the water system. This meeting is open to members of Gran Mutual Water Company.
The Gran Mutual Board of Directors has established a policy for delinquent payments. Please read and understand this policy.
As of December 2007, the Board completed the major items in 2006-07 Improvement Project and reports that Gran Mutual Water Company has a new well, a new water storage tank, a backup electricity generator, and a chlorinating system. This includes the related pipes, yard improvements, and a fire hydrant.
As of November 2008, Gran Mutual Water Company completely restored the old well with new casing and pumps and this well has passed water quality tests. The water system has a new building at the old well site. The old well site now has a backup electricity generator and new controls.
Gran Mutual Water Company’s wells, tanks, and booster stations have a monitoring and warning system. This system reads the water levels, flow rates, and monitors equipment operation. If tank levels are too low, or there is a equipment malfunction, an automatic message is generated and sent to a the system operator. Additions to this system are being made. It will be set up so that there will be monitoring and control for all the new equipment
More new hydrants are planned. Water usage meters are being installed as new users come on or by request.
The Board of Directors values the input from members about problems or issues with the Gran Mutual Water Company water service. For most business matters, correspondence by mail is preferred. However, phone numbers are provided through these web pages.The Watermaster is available at all times if there is an emergency.
State Certified Water System Operator:
Water Utility Professional Services
PO Box 31
Nelson, Ca. 95958
530-531-5948 (Mobile 24/7)