Ramona Water District Pursues Grant Funding for Climate-Related or Other Projects

Ramona Municipal Water District directors agreed to apply for a state grant for up to $750,000 to help pay for a staff grant writer position and launch climate-related programs.

The Regional Climate Collaboration Program Grant, made available through the California Strategic Growth Council, makes about $5.4 billion in bond funds available for safe drinking water, water quality and supply, flood control, natural resource protection and park improvements.

Pipeline Project: Completed or to be Continued?

A large water pipe repair effort may have gone bust, at least temporarily, at the project site near Rangeland and Highland Valley roads. The project is intended to install new pipe under the Santa Maria Creek to connect to an existing pipe after it broke last year.

The Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) awarded the contract to Capriati Construction Corp. of Henderson, Nev., with unanimous approval of the district’s board of directors on March 12, 2019. The contract bid was $348,915.

Water District Approves Fire Codes with Changes

Fire codes affecting the Ramona Municipal Water District’s territory were accepted with modifications by unanimous approval of the district’s Board of Directors on Dec. 10.

Water Quality Reported Safe In Ramona

Although city of Poway residents and businesses are being impacted by water quality issues, the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) reports there are no potable water quality issues in Ramona.

Despite swirling rumors, RMWD General Manager David Barnum said Poway’s water issues are not impacting Ramona’s water supply.

“The treated water system is safe, no water boil alerts are required and restaurants are not impacted in Ramona,” Barnum said on Monday, Dec. 2.

Water Board Considers Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

Proposed rate and fee increases for sewer and water services will be considered by the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board of Directors at a public hearing in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.

Policies Earn RMWD A $78K Rebate

Keeping workers’ compensation claims and other staffing liabilities under control earned the Ramona Municipal Water District a $78,330 rebate from the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority, also known as the ACWA JPIA. RMWD Board President Jim Robinson accepted the rebate check on behalf of the district at the board’s April 9 meeting. The JPIA pools risks and premiums from water agencies in California in an effort to get them the best insurance rates for property, liability, workers’ compensation and employee benefits coverage. The JPIA is not an insurance agency or carrier, but a special district that enables water agencies to share the risks associated with purveying water.