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Drought could hurt endangered fish caught in water fight - "San Francisco Chronicle" 8/4/2015
Many snags ahead for California water bills - "Contra Costa Times" 8/4/2015
Country club golf course plans sewer plant as newer fix for grass water woes - "Contra Costa Times" 8/3/2015
Trickle-down politics: Drought could force real change among California city, state leaders - "Contra Costa Times" 8/3/2015
Cal Water customers succeeding at conservation - "Contra Costa Times" 8/3/2015
Milpitas establishes days of week, times for watering - "Contra Costa Times" 8/3/2015
Water & farmers: Things to know about AP-GfK drought poll - "San Francisco Chronicle" 8/3/2015
How to report water waste with a smartphone - "San Francisco Chronicle" 8/3/2015
California Zeroes in on Conservation Stragglers Amid Drought - "SF Chronicle" 7/31/2015
Los Altos Boil Water Advisory Lifted After Test Results Show Now E.Coli - "Contra Costa Times" 7/30/2015
California's Big Cities Say June Water Saving Goals Were Met - "San Francisco Chronicle" 7/30/2015
Most Californians Link Climate Change, Drought - "San Francisco Chronicle" 7/30/2015
California Water Earnings Take A Hit From Drought - "San Francisco Chronicle" 7/30/2015
Dianne Feinstein's Drought Package Splits From GOP Strategy - "San Francisco Chronicle" 7/30/2015
EBMUD Board Rejects Offering Rebates From Grass To Turf - "Contra Costa Times" 7/29/2015
Sites Reservoir in Northern California is a 20th Century Idea - "Circle of Blue" 7/29/2015
SF Water Pipe Bursts; Millions of Gallons Lost - "San Francisco Chronicle" 7/29/2015
OTHER WATER NEWS CLIP SOURCES - Brown and Caldwell Water News - "-" 12/22/2014
OTHER WATER NEWS CLIP SOURCES - AquaFornia (Water Education Foundation) - "-" 12/22/2014
OTHER WATER NEWS CLIP SOURCES - Maven's Notebook - "-" 12/22/2014
Stargazing Nights Set At Los Vaqueros
first is Aug. 14 on a really dark night


We now have dates set for two stargazing nights at Los Vaqueros.

They will be held Friday, Aug. 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Kellogg Creek Picnic Area on the north side of the watershed, near Brentwood.

For the upcoming August event, there will be a new moon and the sky will be exceptionally dark with a chance to see the Milky Way as well as galaxies and nebulas in deep space.

In September, there will be a total lunar eclipse in progress as the moon rises and the sun goes down, and the moon will gradually reveal itself as the evening wears on.

Deer Valley High School and Los Medanos Astronomy teacher Jeff Adkins will be leading the nights. He has been hosting public star parties since the 1980s, but over the past few years, his favorite local spot for introducing novices to stargazing has become Los Vaqueros, because it is so dark at night.
He brings a neat laser pointer that seemingly reaches the stars, and allows him to show stargasers precisely where interesting stars, planets and more in the night sky.

He and his students bring lots of telescopes, or you can bring your own.

Stargazing nights are free, employees have free parking at LV.

Stargazing nights are subject to the whims of the weather. If skies are cloudy, they will be cancelled.

Senator Feinstein Gives A Shout Out To CCWD Customers on Twitter


It's not every day that California's Senator Dianne Feinstein mentions CCWD on Twitter.

Yesterday on Twitter, she cited the District customers' remarkable 40 percent savings during June outlined in a story over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle:

"Water reductions reached as high as 40% in the case of Contra Costa Water District. Great job! http://bit.ly/1gjkmky @CCWD

We appreciate her mentioning us, heck we'll take a compliment.

CCWD has been on Twitter since 2009, and has more than 2,200 followers. You can read our Twitter posts -- along with our Facebook feed-- at the bottom of this page.

District Center Upgrades Coming Together

In the top photo, work is being done in the downstairs bathrooms. In the middle photo, rebar is being set for the floor of the Board Room. The door is a new door for access for the disabled. On the bottom, rebar is set for one of the buttresses.


The District Center project is going well, says Construction Inspector Robert Stalf, who also sent these interesting photos: "Project is moving along well, the abatement work is nearing completion and the interior build back is progressing well.

"On the exterior, the drilled piers have just been completed at the buttress and carport footings. The rebar has been installed at the buttress footing and concrete placed.

"Excavation and shoring was completed at the carport footing and the rebar will start this week with the concrete placement the following week."

Dates for Safety & Wellness Fairs Set for Sept. 22 & 24


Dates for the 2015 Safety & Wellness Fair have been set, with the Antioch Service Center fair to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and the District Center Fair on Thursday, Sept. 24.

There will be all kinds of information and demonstrations, along with a buffet lunch at noon.

Look here for more information.

Take A Look at This Video Of Dry Northern California Lakes


Spend a few minutes with this aerial video of parched Folsom Lake, Lake Oroville and Shasta reservoirs shot by the state Department of Water Resources earlier this week. (Note: there is no sound)

Five Star Safety Awards Presented in July For Saving Lives


Five Star Safety Awards have been awarded to employees in July, more in one month than have been awarded in all of 2015.

The District Safety Committee awarded a Star Recognition to Diane Rybicki, Amelia Berumen, Kirsten Harrington, Ramon Gasca, and Jim Carey as a result of exemplary safety performance, said Committee Chair John Parsons in an e-mail to employees this morning.

A Star Recognition is the District’s highest safety award and is awarded by the Safety Committee to recognize the actions of employees who show a superior commitment to safety through exemplary actions. Prior to this month, only three other Stars have been awarded all year.

On the morning of June 24, an employee started feeling chest pains as she arrived to work at the DC Annex building. Diane and Amelia helped the employee to lay down on the floor and Kirsten Harrington called 911. Amelia then retrieved the AED, while Diane continued to assess her condition. Kirstin conveyed questions and answers between the 911 dispatcher and Diane.

Amelia and Diane attached the AED to the employee, which monitored the heart, but no shocks were necessary. The three of them kept the situation calm, and remained with the employee, until paramedics arrived. Everyone’s quick response helped save the employee’s life. The employee is improving and expected to fully recover.

While working along the canal, Ramon heard an accident on the park trail and turned around to see that a cyclist had been seriously injured. The cyclist had fallen off her bike, struck her head and was lying unconscious. The impact was so severe that her helmet was cracked. Ramon kept his cool and made sure that 911 was called. Ramon cleared the area and made sure the injured person was not moved. He gently laid some towels underneath the victim as it was a 100-degree day and the asphalt was hot. Ramon stayed on the scene until paramedics arrived. Ramon's quick action helped save the cyclist’s life.

During an arc flash assessment, Jim discovered an electrical safety issue in the main feed 480 volt cabinet at Bailey Pump Station’s MCC. The lugs were about a quarter-inch from the cabinet door when it is in the closed position.

The condition created a potential for an arc flash. If an employee was to lean against the door, the contact between the steel door and the lugs could have created a dangerous arc and shock hazard. To make it safe in the short term, Jim installed a piece of non-conductive plastic between the door and the lugs. Central County Maintenance will make permanent repairs ASAP.

Read about all the Star and Spot Awards that have been awarded at CCWD.

Public Outreach Tours Return on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2


CCWD's popular Public Outreach tours will be held on Fridays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2.

CCWD customers have an opportunity to see how their water gets to them when they tour the Randall-Bold Water Treatment Plant, Old River Pumping Station and Los Vaqueros on these free all-day tours.

The free tours are open to adult CCWD customers, and start at 8 a.m. and usually last until about 3:30 p.m. and include lunch.

The District offers four tours of its facilities a year.

Employees are welcome to invited friends or family member who may be interested in these tours. The thing to remember, is all guests must be over 18, and live within the District.

For more information, call Jim Freschi at Ext. 8175 or send him an e-mail.


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CCWD Calendar
August 5
Board Meeting
August 14
Stargazing at Los Vaqueros
Stargazing will be held at the Kellogg Creek Picninc Area from 8 to 10 p.m. For the August event, there will be a new moon and the sky will be exceptionally dark with a chance to see the Milky Way as well as galaxies and nebulas in deep space. Call Ext. 8010 for more information.

August 19
Board Meeting
August 27
Safety Task Force
2:30 p.m. in the Delta Conference Room

August 28
Hiking With Moonbeams: Nocturnal Family Wander
Cat Taylor, our new naturalist, will take guests on a night hike from the Marina starting at 7 p.m.

August 29
Gentle Giants of Los Vaqueros
Tarantulas are the star attraction, starting at 10 at the John Muir Interpretive Center.

September 5
Dragons, Damsels & Giants of Los Vaqueros
Learn all about insects at Los Vaqueros, and hunt for them in a lagoon at LV. Starts at 10 at the Interpretive Center.

September 7
Labor Day Holiday
CCWD Offices Closed

September 12
Girl Scout Program - Naturalist Badge
If you know a Girl Scout, tell her about this great way to earn a naturalist badge at LV. Starts at 10 a.m. at the John Muir Interpretive Center.

September 22
Safety and Wellness Fair At Antioch Service Center
Buffet Lunch At Noon

September 24
Safety and Wellness Fair at District Center
Buffet Lunch at Noon.

September 25
CCWD Public Outreach Tour
The public can see how we get their water to them.

September 26
Just Batty!
Bring the family for this evening of discovery with Naturalist Cat Taylor. Starts at 6 p.m. at the John Muir Interpretive Center.

September 27
Stargazing at Los Vaqueros
Stargazing Sunday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Kellogg Creek Picnic Area. In September, there will be a total lunar eclipse in progress as the moon rises and the sun goes down, and the moon will gradually reveal itself as the evening wears on. Call Ext 8010 for more information.

October 2
CCWD Public Outreach Tour
The public can see how their water gets to them.

October 17
Los Vaqueros Tarantula Run
This will be the eighth running of this fun event. 5ki, 10K, Half-Marathon and a "Spider Scramble."



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