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Replace aging water infrastructure: Many of the facilities in operation have been providing water service for more than 80 years. The system is vast and sophisticated, and includes three water treatment plants, 40 storage reservoirs, 886 miles of pipeline. Reliable water service requires continued and increasing investment in the maintenance and replacement of this aging infrastructure.
The District is evaluating modernizing the 80-year-old Contra Costa Canal conveyance system to meet the long-term needs for safe, reliable water distribution. This increase helps us prepare for these inevitable costs.
Responsible financial planning: To offset the financial impacts of the multi-year drought, CCWD has also used its financial reserves to reduce the effect of rate adjustments to our customers. The proposed revenue increase will assist in rebuilding these safety nets and ensure long-term financial sustainability.
Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.
The 3rd grade program is 60 minutes in length. The 4th grade program is 90 minutes and the 5th grade program is 75 minutes in length.
Yes, the District's Engineering Services Coordinator is available and eager to meet with water service applicants. Please call the coordinator to schedule an appointment during normal business hours at 925-688-8014.
A walk-in service is only for a single 1-inch water service from an existing water main. There is a fixed cost for the installation of a standard 1-inch water service line, plus the cost of a 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, or 1-inch meter. District crews always install these.
A service agreement is for the installation of water services, fire hydrants and fire services where an existing water main is adjacent to a particular development. District crews always install these.
A water main extension agreement is required for any development that requires new water main facilities where none currently exist. Under this agreement, the installation of water mains, fire hydrants and new services is performed by the applicant's licensed contractor and is inspected by the District.
The Applicant shall pay all the District’s costs reasonably incurred in connection with the new facilities required by the District, including without limitation costs incurred in complying with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act; costs of acquisition of lands or easements; engineering, legal, and administrative expenses; costs of labor, materials, construction, inspection, and testing; and the District’s usual overhead charges. Prior to final design and construction of the facilities, the Applicant shall deposit with the District the amount of the District’s estimated costs per the agreements. Construction drawings will not be released until the total estimated cost is deposited. After the work is completed, if the District’s actual costs exceed the amount previously deposited, the Applicant will pay the deficiency to the District. If the amounts deposited exceed the District’s actual costs, the excess will be refunded (refer toDistrict Regulation 5.28.060)
The Engineering Services Coordinator will contact you if we have any questions or problems during the service design. You can help the design process by promptly submitting all requested documents and providing the specific location and meter size of your new water service at the beginning of the project.
The Engineering Service Coordinator is the main contact for your entire project. The Engineering Service Coordinator will provide you with your contact person in Operations and Maintenance or the Construction Department who will coordinate actual installation.
No, the District cannot determine the meter size or fire service size required for your project. You should consult with your professional engineer or architect to determine your water requirements. The District's New Service Fees sheet lists common meter sizes with their typical flow range, and is a useful aid. The District will attempt to guide applicants if the requested meter appears too small or too large for the project. The smallest meter the District allows is the 5/8-inch meter, which can flow approximately 20 gallons per minute (gpm).
The Department of Homeland Security recommends that you store at least 1 gallon of water per person, per day and keep a three-day supply of water on hand. The American Red Cross also recommends one gallon of water per person per day, but with a two-week supply for every person in your household. For a family of four, that's 56 gallons of water.
Use clean containers of heavy, opaque plastic with screw-on caps. The American Red Cross suggests clean plastic soft drink bottles (it's very difficult to clean them), food-grade plastic containers or drums. Don't reuse plastic milk containers, since they are extremely difficult to clean completely and can contaminate your stored water. There are a number of commercial water storage containers available designed for storing drinking water.
You can also buy commercially bottled "spring" or "drinking" water and store it for up to a year.
You can safely store water for six months to a year, depending on how it is packaged.
If it's commercially-bottled "spring" or "drinking" water, the American Red Cross recommends you can keep it stored for a year as long as the container isn't opened. Once the container is opened, use the water immediately.
It's much less expensive to store tap water in your own containers, it's recommended you store tap water for six months maximum.
It's a good idea to label and date the water bottles or containers.
If you're using treated tap water, like CCWD tap water, and you do not need to purify the water before storing it in a clean container. You will not need to purify the water when you use it, if it's been stored for less than six months, again in a clean container.
1. The District needs to inspect participating properties to ensure the landscapes are not being converted back to lawns.2. Front lawns are less likely to be play areas for children and pets compared to backyards. Therefore, front yard conversions are less likely to convert back to lawns than backyard conversions.3. Front lawns can ‘advertise’ to neighbors to do the same, so they act as marketing for the program.
Note: Conservation programs are a way for CCWD to help provide water supply for the future. As such, CCWD wants to make sure the savings remain into the future.
Plants must be listed on the CCWD approved plant list . Plants not found on this list will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Approved Plant List (PDF).
Here are directions
In 2012, the dam was increased in height by 34-feet, It is now 218-feet high (from toe to crest). It can store up to 160,000 acre-feet of water in the first phase of expansion. It is the largest reservoir in the Bay Area.
CCWD has a large list of environmental documentation available online, including the Draft Supplement to the Final EIS/EIR that was released in June 2017.
CCWD is currently working with the Bureau of Reclamation and local partners to evaluate project alternatives, facilities and operations. Upcoming key milestones include a funding application due to the California Water Commission in August 2017 and completion of the Final Federal Feasibility Report in November 2018. Construction could begin as early as 2022.
July 2017 – Public hearings on the Draft Supplement to the Final EIS/EIR.
August 2017 – Proposition 1 funding application submitted to the California Water Commission.
September 5, 2018 – Deadline for submitting comments on Draft Supplement to the Final EIS/EIR.
January 2018 – Draft Federal Feasibility Report.
June 2018 – Preliminary California Water Commission eligibility and funding decisions.
Summer 2018 – If awarded funding, execute initial funding agreement with the California Water Commission.
Summer 2018 – Execute agreements with local potential partner agencies to provide funding for completion of project planning.
November 2018 – Final Federal Feasibility Report.
November 2018 – Final Supplement to the Final EIS/EIR.
2019 – 2021 – Finalize design, permitting, local agreements.
The watershed has two entrances. There is a north entrance on Walnut Boulevard near Brentwood and a south entrance off of Vasco Road near Livermore. Here's a Google Map that can help you make your way to Los Vaqueros.
September 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.October 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.Nov. - Feb. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.March 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.April-August 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
No. Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the Los Vaqueros Watershed. This protects the multitude of small animals, some of which are endangered, that live in this protected watershed environment. Many of these endangered animals are easily disrupted by both the presence and scent of dogs. This rule also protects public safety and water quality. The Round Valley Regional Preserve, which borders Los Vaqueros, is also under this rule. At Morgan Territory, which is located above the Marina, dogs are allowed.
The weather is often very different from the surrounding areas, very hot and windy in the summer and very cold in the winter. Here is the current weather at LV and the forecast from nearby Livermore Airport, which is very close to LV's weather.
There are a number of activities at nearly 20,000 acre Los Vaqueros Watershed. Of course, there's fishing on the shore or from one of our electric boats. There is fishing access on both sides of the reservoir, though the Marina and boat rentals are on the south side near Livermore.
There are more than 55 miles of challenging -- that is hilly -- trails within the watershed. Here's a trail map. We've outlined five loop trails in our LV Trail Guides.
The John Muir Interpretive Center has exhibits on the history and culture of the watershed. It's open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
We have regular activities at the watershed in the fall, winter and spring months ranging from hikes to "star" nights to see planets and stars.
Every October we have the Los Vaquero Tarantula Run, a challenging 5K. 10K and half-marathon.
You can bring your horse or mountain bike out to Los Vaqueros, there are 12 miles of mutli-use trails. The trail heads for these trails are all on the north side of the watershed, near Brentwood.
Barbecues are provided in the picnic areas, but no other barbecues are allowed. In summer months, be sure to check the fire warning levels. Very High, Extreme and Red Flag alert levels all prohibit barbecues.
No, there are no outside boats allowed on the reservoir. There are 16-foot and patio electric boat rentals available.
You can call the Marina at 925-371-2628.
This program is very popular and demand exceeds availability. Therefore, registration is handled through a lottery. For the 2017-18 school year, the lottery starts on Aug. 1, 2017 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. 2017. To enter the lottery, you must submit a fully completed, registration form. You will be notified if your form was selected in the lottery.
For the 2017-18 school year, the lottery begins on Aug. 1, 2017 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8.
We can accommodate up to 40 students per program. If your classes only have 20 students in each class, two classes should combine for one program. If your classes are larger than 20 students, book a separate program for each class. If you book a program for a small group, the Contra Costa Water District reserves the right to combine your class with one from another school, as long as the total number of students does not exceed 40.
Typically, the valves are open for about three or four minutes, though the amount of time can be longer depending on the length and size of the pipe.
A walk-in service (WI) is only for a single 1-inch water service from an existing water main. There is a fixed cost for the installation of a standard 1-inch water service line, plus the cost of a 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, or 1-inch meter. District crews always install these.
Facility Reserve Charges (FRC) are a “connection fee” to the District’s water system. Simply explained, any time a new water meter is installed, more demand is placed upon the overall water distribution system. The FRC fulfills two purposes. First, the fee recovers the costs that existing customers have paid to provide capacity for new customers through existing facilities. Second, the fee provides that future facilities built in order to serve new connections are paid for by the new connections. The FRC is a mechanism through which growth pays for the facilities needed to serve growth. The FRC is a fee imposed on new development wishing to connect to the District’s system as well as existing customers that upsize their reserved capacity in the system. The FRC is designed to equitably recover a proportionate share of available capacity in the existing water system and for the cost to expand system capacity necessary to meet the demands of future development.
Walk-in services have a fixed cost for installation and require one payment, including the Facility Reserve Charge (FRC) payment at the time of application, to initiate design, and install the project.
To book a date, you must submit a fully completed, registration form. Incomplete or illegible forms will be returned. All registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Access the forms.
Registrations will be accepted for 2017-2018 school year starting Aug. 1, 2017. We try to book treatment plant tours on Wednesdays.