Better idea: bypass all the complicated water credit issues and send that toilet water straight to the new hotels.
So it must have been a shock to P.G. City Manager Ben Harvey to receive a letter from the state water board on May 16, stating that the board was holding back on the payment because the city’s plan might be a breach of contract.
The issue appears to be a discrepancy of interpretations stemming from the water board’s 2009 order to the Monterey Peninsula to stop using water from the Carmel River. One interpretation is that due to the order, P.G. cannot keep any new water credits for itself – they all have to go back to the river.
Toilet To The Tap Water Credits Not Usable For New Hotels?
With Cal Am, the customers lose both ways. Use too much and get a fine. Use too little and get a rate hike. And everyone wants to build more hotels, eh?
“Our customers have done such a great job at saving water,” said Catherine Stedman, Cal Am manager of external affairs. “We have fixed costs to maintain the water system, so when you’re selling less water, then that price per unit of water will need to increase.”
Cal Am said to help make up for the shortfall, its requesting a 15 percent rate increase for customers on the Monterey Peninsula.
Water Conservation Means 15% Rate Hikes
His P.R. Firm
Are there leaders of Pacific Grove still in favor of this relationship with him? Happens often when Nadir gets involved.
Attorney Chris Cayce, who represents Agha in the lawsuit, said Armanasco used the confidential information, protected by a confidentiality agreement, to help Deep Water Desal essentially copy Agha’s plans for a desal plant in Moss Landing, now known as the People’s Moss Landing Desal Project.
This Week Nader Sues . .
And they all thought that by filling out a survey the bill would be reduced.
District board chairman Tom McMahon said the board decided to act after it became apparent that so many business owners were blindsided by significant water bill increases late last year. McMahon, who owns Monterey Bay Laundry, counted himself among them.
McMahon said business owners expected a decrease based on promises contained in a Cal Am water use survey last summer and on the company’s website.
Water Bills Went Up, Up, Up For P.G. Businesses
Either the neighbors filled their pool or Cal Am is up to it’s old tricks.
George Gergawy said he’s heard about the large bills for other Cal-Am customers and always thought it wasn’t real, until he opened his mailbox and saw the bill for $6,067.33. And, the home was empty last month after moving out.
According to Gergawy, the past 5 years the water bills at 747 Lyndon Street have been steady, between $15 and $16 dollars.
This Month’s Outrageous Cal Am Bill – $6,000 For A Vacant House
He admits having his name on it is a negative. So now it’s going to be run by a company that uses a mission statement “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Hey, they left out “Substainable”.
“I’m removing myself from the operation because I have decided that if I stay out of it, that will help the project to move forward,” Agha says.
Agha’s Reason To Quit Water Project Is…
Only in government are projects costing from $2,000,000.00 to $17,000,000.00 considered “small projects”. They include reactivating the former waste treatment facility at Point Pinos, Runaway Mayor Dan Cort’s scheme to fill the old Cal Am reservoir or my favorite, pump raw sewage from DMP to Carmel – flush twice, it has to make it over the hill..
The city has tucked three small projects that would produce recycled wastewater or stormwater for irrigation into California American Water’s overall application to the state Public Utilities Commission for a Peninsula water project.
Looking at spiraling costs for the 100 to 125 acre-feet of water it takes a year to keep the city golf links and adjacent El Carmelo Cemetery green, the city looked at ways to replace that expensive potable water with nonpotable irrigation water.
“Small” Water Projects On Tap In P.G.
Looks like normal Nadir business. Agha says it will cost $129,000,000 and a consultant says it will cost $190,000,000. Lew says he owns it, Nadir says he doesn’t. Lew says he has an agreement with Cal Am, Cal Am says they don’t.
Jaws dropped at the Pacific Grove City Council meeting this week when a man introduced himself and said he was taking over Nader Agha’s “People’s Desal” project.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, Donald Lew, managing partner for the Concord-based JDL Development private equity firm, made the surprising announcement Agha is no longer involved in the desal project, and that the project has been renamed.
Do check out the article in the Pine Cone. Lovely quotes like this:
According to JDL’s website, the family-owned private equity firm has a “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Agha’s Desal Project Bought Out?
Save us from water shortages as he turns cheek and runs away from the desalination supporters. What about a new dam on the Carmel river? Voters supported that way before any other money wasting projects.
Option 1, pipeline:
For $25 million, we could build a pipeline from the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency plant back to the communities on the Peninsula, where this water originates. MRWPCA treats all the sewage that comes from the cities of Pacific Grove and Monterey. Once the water is treated, it is used to irrigate about 12,000 acres of Salinas farmland, then approximately 10,000 acre-feet is emptied into Monterey Bay.
A pipeline can deliver that wasted water back to the golf courses, parks and public areas of the Peninsula.
Option 2, gray water:
Our communities have the option to mandate that all residents make use of gray water. Our county Health Department and most of our Peninsula cities support the use of gray water, which uses recycled water from showers and sinks to flush toilets and irrigate our gardens. A residential retrofit costs less than $2,000 per household and can save upward of 30 percent of water use in a normal home.
Option 3, David Avenue Reservoir:
A huge untapped asset is the David Avenue Reservoir. This phenomenal resource, built in 1897 by Chinese immigrants, served Pacific Grove and New Monterey for decades.
Runaway Mayor Reappears To Save Us
Whatever it takes, I’m not for pumping sewage to the old reservoir on David Avenue.
Sarah Hardgrave, P.G.’s environmental programs manager, says other options include tapping MRWPCA wastewater and routing rainwater from the Forest Lake Reservoir – but extending existing pipelines could be cost-prohibitive. Another possibility: turning a Cal Am corporate yard on David Avenue into a reservoir.?
About 100-150 acre-feet could supply both the links and the cemetery, she adds: “We would want to maximize all the irrigated city properties that we could.”?
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