FVWD picks Chrissie Teeling as new director • Idyllwild Town Crier

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After a rather short meeting of the Fern Valley Water District (FVWD) Board of Directors on Friday which director Kevin Scott (calling from Germany) attended for the first time, the directors held a special meeting to interview three candidates for Walt Bonneau Jr. free seat. Scott replaced Richard Schnetzer. Bonneau and Schnetzer both sold their Fern Valley homes and left the Hill.
General Manager Victor Jimenez said customers consumed 882,272 cubic feet of water in May and June, compared to 946,854 cubic feet in May and June 2021, down 6.82%.
Unaccounted for water fell from 21.7% between July 2020 and June 2021 to 14% between July 2021 and June 2022. Administrators thanked Jimenez and staff for responding quickly to any reported leaks. In one instance, Jimenez said short-term rental owners were staying in the rental, saw a leak while walking by, and reported it.
Manager Jon Brown asked if all of the guest water meters had been replaced and Jimenez said yes. Jimenez told the council that some of the unaccounted for water is due to “inaccurate metering.” No counter is at 100%. »
Jimenez said the creeks are now dry, so FVWD is relying on its wells. Brown asked if the timers have been installed on the pits and Jimenez confirmed that they are. The goal is to stop the pumps during peak hours to reduce electricity costs.
In June 2022, FVWD relied on groundwater 40% of the time, up from 53% in June 2021. He said current demand is 85 gallons per minute.
Jimenez also reported that some of the FVWD lines were installed in the early 1950s.
He gave a list of field staff operations in addition to their routine system operations. They included landscaping the office, removing problem trees from the FVWD property, and fixing minor leaks.
Additional administrative staff operations included assisting the field team with leaks and working with the state engineer to finalize the annual electronic report.
After interviewing Dawn Finlayson, David Montgomery and Chrissie Teeling for the vacant Bonneau seat, the board chose Teeling.

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