At its July 15 board meeting, Fern Valley Water District General Manager Steve Erler reported a large three-day leak that a customer had discovered in the area of Scenic Drive. Erler noted it was an old connection from the 1960s that had been capped, but began to leak.

“I don’t yet know the water loss,” he reported to the board. “I can go back and look at demand to determine the loss.”

In his monthly report, Erler noted that the two district streams, Strawberry and Tahquitz, continue to run strong. Static well levels recordings for July show declines in all wells, but wells remain one to five feet higher than same time last year. Residential water consumption is down but multiple connection is up from 2010 levels with overall consumption up 5.5 percent.

Astro Camp’s usage soared this year as seen in the substantial growth of water sales. In May and June 2010, revenues were $29,700 and grew nearly 50 percent to $43,700 in the same 2011 period. The May and June water loss also grew from 10.8 percent to 11.3 percent of production while the 12-month running average is 13.4 percent.

In other business, the board cast its vote for Jeff Leatherman, manager of the Valley Wide Recreation District, as representative to the California Special Districts Association.