Vallecitos and Olivenhain Municipal Water District link up to benefit ratepayers
To celebrate the completion of the San Elijo Hills Pump Station in San Marcos, the Olivenhain Municipal Water District and Vallecitos Water District held a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11, 2016. This new station will benefit ratepayers of both water districts by providing Vallecitos with treatment services from OMWD's David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant via an existing interconnection.
Under the agreement signed between the two agencies in 2012, Vallecitos will purchase a minimum of 2,750 acre-feet per year of treatment services from OMWD, roughly the amount of water required to supply 5,500 households. This agreement is mutually beneficial for ratepayers of both agencies. Vallecitos will purchase treatment services from OMWD at a lower rate than is offered by regional water wholesalers, reducing the per-unit purchase cost of water. Meanwhile, OMWD will sell surplus treatment services, offsetting water treatment costs, and improve efficiency by running its plant at full capacity.
The San Elijo Hills Pump Station has won an Award of Merit for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies. Vallecitos received the award, in part, because of its efforts to reduce environmental impact by constructing the pump station entirely on the footprint of Questhaven Road, built in the 1960s and no longer utilized. Vallecitos was able to avoid removing native vegetation for the pump station project, protecting the long-term welfare and sustainability of open space and wildlife in the area.
Vallecitos General Manager Dennis O. Lamb stated, “We are very fortunate to have our goals aligned with OMWD during these challenging times of drought. The agreement shows how local agencies can work together to share our limited resources while providing greater flexibility, reliability, and cost control which will ultimately benefit our customers.”
“Our alliance with OMWD, combined with our recent connection to the Carlsbad desalination plant, is making a difference in San Marcos and the north San Diego County community,” said Vallecitos Board President Mike Sannella. “These two projects will provide up to 45 percent of Vallecitos' annual supply from local resources, supporting a strong local economy and the highest quality of life."