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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 6

Meeting Date: March 27, 2007

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing participation in a regional grant application to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the 2007 DWR Proposition 50 Grant in collaboration with other Bay Area water agencies in the amount of $42,525, and authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute and submit all necessary documents to participate in the grant process for a regional High-Efficiency Washing (HEW) Machine Rebate Program.

Prepared by: Diana Williford, Water Reclamation/Conservation Specialist
Chris Ehlers, Deputy Director of Public Works

Submitted by: Bailey Grewal, Director of Public Works/City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution approving and authorizing participation in a regional grant application to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the 2007 DWR Proposition 50 Grant in collaboration with other Bay Area water agencies in the amount of $42,525, and authorizing the City Manager or her designee to execute and submit all necessary documents to participate in the grant process for a regional High-Efficiency Washing Machine Rebate Program (HEW).

PREVIOUS ACTION
On May 11, 1999, by Resolution No. 99-118, City Council authorized the City Manager to sign the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation.

On January 10, 2006, by Resolution No. 2006-006, City Council approved the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan.

On May 9, 2006, by Resolution No. 2006-96, City Council approved the High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program.

BACKGROUND
High-efficiency washer rebate programs are one of the Best Management Practice’s (BMP 6) of the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s (CUWCC) Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation. This Memorandum of Understanding was adopted by City Council on May 11, 1999. By implementing a continued rebate program the City is fulfilling the requirements of BMP 6.

The City’s 2005 Urban Water Management Plan (Plan) adopted by City Council on January 10, 2006, outlines a five-year strategy regarding implementation of the Plan’s 14 BMP’s. Adopting a High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program (HEW) further confirms the conservation efforts which have been previously outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding and the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan.

Upon City Council’s approval of the HEW Rebate Program in 2006, City staff applied for and was successful in receiving matching grant funds from Proposition 50. This application process was in partnership with 11 other water agencies and the City’s share of this grant funding was $30,000, which supported approximately 400 HEW rebates.

The State Department of Water Resources (DWR) recently released the 2007 Water Use Efficiency Proposal Solicitation Package for the next round of funding from Proposition 50 and applications are due no later than April 7, 2007. Funds for approved grant applications will be available January, 2008 and staff has requested grant funds to support approximately 450 HEW rebates in this application

A continued HEW Rebate Program will help support a proactive approach towards the management of the City’s groundwater and surface water resources and promotes conservation and minimizes the burden on the area’s limited water resources.

The Bay Area water agencies have a successful track record in implementing regional programs such as past Regional Clothes Washer Rebate Programs and Weather Based Irrigation Controller Programs. By pooling resources including obtaining grant funding, the regional approach will result in a more cost-effective program than if implemented by each agency individually, and will result in increased market transformation. Market transformation is a way to encourage the manufacturer and the consumer to produce and replace appliances with a more water efficient unit.

FISCAL IMPACT
The total fiscal impact of this program is estimated at $76,275. The City’s portion of this program is $42,525, which includes administrative costs. A total of $33,750 is anticipated in matching grant funds from DWR. Upon City Council approval, the expenditure will be included in the 2007/08 – 2008/09 Water Enterprise Operating Budget requests. This is a one-time cost for the 2007/08 HEW Rebate Program. Depending upon the interest and success of these HEW rebate programs, staff may request future City Council approvals to either continue this program and or submit applications for additional grant funding.

Attachments:
• Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

AUTHORIZE THE CITY’S WATER ENTERPRISE TO PARTICIPATE IN A REGIONAL GRANT APPLICATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES (DWR) FOR THE 2007 DWR PROPOSITION 50 GRANT IN COLLABORATION WITH OTHER BAY AREA WATER AGENCIES IN THE AMOUNT OF $42,525, AND AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER OR HER DESIGNEE TO EXECUTE AND SUBMIT ALL NECESSARY DOCUMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRANT PROCESS FOR A REGIONAL HIGH-EFFICIENCY WASHING (HEW) MACHINE REBATE PROGRAM.

WHEREAS, on May 11, 1999, by Resolution No. 99-118, City Council authorized the City Manager to sign the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Urban Water Conservation; and

WHEREAS, on January 10, 2006, by Resolution No. 2006-006, City Council approved the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan; and

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2006, by Resolution No. 2006-96, City Council approved the High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program; and

WHEREAS, the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan outlines a five-year strategy regarding implementation of the Plan’s 14 BMP’s. Adopting a High-Efficiency Clothes Washer Rebate Program (HEW) further confirms the conservation efforts which have been previously outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding and the 2005 Urban Water Management Plan; and
WHEREAS, a continued regional High-Efficiency Washer Rebate Program will help support a proactive approach towards the management of the City’s groundwater and promotes conservation and minimizes the burden on the area’s limited water resources; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood would like to partner with other Bay Area water agencies and apply for grant funding from the DWR 2007 Proposition 50 Grants; and

WHEREAS, matching grant funds will be included in the 2007/08 – 2008/09 Water Enterprise Operating Budget requests.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby authorize the Water Division to participate in a regional grant application to the Department of Water Resources (DWR) for the 2007 DWR Proposition 50 Grants in collaboration with other Bay Area water utilities for a total cost to the City of $42,525 which includes administrative costs, and authorize the City Manager to execute all documents necessary to participate in the grant process for a regional High-Efficiency Washing Machine Rebate Program.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 27th day of March 2007 by the following vote:

 

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