With only three of the five members of the Fern Valley Water District Board of Directors present last Friday, the election of new officers and committee assignments for 2015 was postponed until the January meeting. Board President Robert Krieger and Director Charle Wix were absent.

The recent rainstorms have improved the ground level of the district’s wells, reported General Manager Steve Erler.

“Static well level recording for December shows increase in most well levels,” he said in his operations report. “The largest increase is in well no. 7, an increase of 1.75 feet.”

Stream flow has been low and continues to be low, he said. Wells continue to be a major source of water in recent months. Erler also said he is using water from storage tanks currently. This water will be replenished in the spring, from March to June, when streams are flowing well.

The most recent testing of FVWD’s water treatment and by-product disinfection facilities produced excellent results, Erler told the board. These results “demonstrate that our granular-activated carbon adsorption facility is operating as it should,” he wrote.

The final payment was made to El-Co Contractors, Inc. for the removal of Tank 5 and other related work. The project is complete and the cost was under budget, Erler said.

Albert Webb and Associates has started work on the district’s rate study and Erler was hopeful he might have a progress report for the board in January. The study will be the basis for the district’s decision on possible water rate changes — base or usage — in a Proposition 218 process during 2015.

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