Translate this page

Water district JPA board discusses integration schedule


Thursday, August 15th, 2013
Issue 33, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent


The Aug. 7 meeting of the North County Joint Powers Authority focused on a schedule to integrate the services of the Fallbrook Public Utility District and the Rainbow Municipal Water District.

The JPA board did not vote on the item but rather heard a presentation from JPA executive officer Brian Brady.

"The discussion revolved around the two district offices," Brady said.

The principal three areas whose operations will be combined are customer service, engineering, and system operations including the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system.

"From a demographic point of view, the center of the two districts is closest to the Fallbrook office," Brady said. "On a geographic basis the center of the districts combined is more the Rainbow office."

The August 2013 timetable calls for finalizing cost estimates and processes to relocate FPUD’s system operations, including the SCADA, to the Rainbow office, finalizing cost estimates and processes to integrate the customer service staff at the FPUD office, issuing a Request for Proposals for a best management practices study for Rainbow and FPUD field operations, and completing SCADA computer and telecommunications upgrades at the Rainbow facilities.

The slated September activities involve moving FPUD’s system operations and SCADA to the Rainbow facility, completing the FPUD building modifications to expand the customer Advertisement
Advertisement for Christ the King  Lutheran Church
[ Christ the King Lutheran Church ]
service area, completing computer and telecommunications upgrades to run parallel systems, and implementing the initial customer service transition public outreach.

Rainbow’s customer service staff will be moved to Fallbrook in October if the schedule is not changed. "Clearly we would need a well-defined transition plan, an outreach plan, for the Rainbow customers and a transition period," Brady said.

The transition of Rainbow’s customer service to the FPUD office will also allow for an evaluation of how Rainbow’s customers react to functional consolidation. The creation of a joint powers authority allows for functional consolidation while leaving the governmental structure of each member agency intact (it also allows for inclusion of future members, including potentially city water departments which cannot be jurisdictionally consolidated), and a negative reaction by Rainbow’s ratepayers could allow for modification as well as serve as an obstacle to irreversible jurisdictional consolidation.

The planned October activities also include continuing the customer service transition outreach and completing the field operations best management practices study. The study recommendations will be implemented in the November timeframe, and November’s items also include development of space planning recommendations for the Rainbow and FPUD offices.

"These are really important integration test periods to prove how to best service the customer base," Brady said.


 

3 comments

Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #1 | Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm
My dear fellow Fallbrookers, in other words, these two water agencies are takin' their sweet rear-end time tryin' to figure out how to divvy up the pie. Oh you know, future salaries, expenses, bonuses, shiny new trucks, and all that good stuff.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, and let's not forget those mandatory fees, you know the ones that guarantee . . . cash flow to pay for all of the above.
Comment Profile ImageBock
Comment #2 | Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 9:01 am
I am so taken by this in a bad way. This is a consolidation, that means redundant activities will be don by the better performing side and the ohter side will be eliminated, the water servicing area will be larger. So where are the savings for the consumer, no one talkes about this!!

I realy urge all consumers to ask questions, also I would like to know why we water the streets on the new sections on 76 , the big city's ask consumer to install desert plants to safe water, these guys ad water sucking plants and even have the guts to water in the daytime so it can be sucked up by the hot air and evaporate fast. I realy would like to know where the smart people are that act here and try to make the public just pay for every idea they have with no Merritt to the public .
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #3 | Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm
Bock, I completely agree with everything you said. Like you, I, too, would like to know where the smart people here in Fallbrook are . . . or on this discussion board.

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing."

Article Comments are contributed by our readers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Fallbrook Village News staff. The name listed as the author for comments cannot be verified; Comment authors are not guaranteed to be who they claim they are.

 

Add your Comment


Name

Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.




Disclaimer

The Fallbrook Village News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter



Advertisement for Fallbrook Healthcare Partners





Subscribe




Most Commented


Reach Local Customers



The Fallbrook Village News The Fallbrook Village News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2014
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Sitemap
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds
Login