Councilmember Traina's Public Record on the Cypress Water Production Facility. Please refer to the following Lomita City Council Minutes.
Minutes from the Council Meeting April 1, 2013
Minutes from the Council Meeting May 6, 2013
NOT AN OPINION, JUST THE TRUTH
ALL OF THE INFORMATION HERE IS COMPRISED OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS.
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Hi, my name is Dave Albert, I am a long time Lomita resident and a former Mayor of our proud city. For the past year and a half I have spearheaded the effort to eliminate the use of well water in our water distribution system. I was responsible for the yard signs that said "Cap Water Well No. 5, Lomita Won't Drink Pond Water."
This website has been constructed to educate and inform the citizens of Lomita on the facts concerning the poor quality of the well water and the costs of our water treatment and distribution system.
You will see after looking over these public documents that the poor quality of this well water has been known going back some twenty years.
I believe it is time to stop forcing our citizens to use this poor quality water at rates considered to be above the "affordability index" according to Fitch . We are paying top dollar for poor quality water and the citizens have never had a vote on any of these key issues:
I think that the citizens should have a say on these important issues, accordingly, if you want the city to stop using well water and for the water rates to be closely reviewed so that water rate payers are paying a fair rate, then I recommend you come to Lomita City Council Meetings the first and third Monday of every month at 7 pm. Current Councilmember Ben Traina who has been the only councilmember to oppose the use of well water and to vote against water rate increases.
Here are some pertinent facts:
1993/Jan Consultant Study- recommended the use of nanofiltration as the most feasible treatment method.
Please Carefully Review Pages 19 and 20
2001/Mar State of California Dept of Health Services Letter- destroyed Well No. 2 at the NW corner of this lot produced yellow water due to sulfides and organic constituents. This well has been destroyed. Well No. 5 is 75 feet from Well No. 2.
Please Carefully Review Page 3 - Regarding Destroyed Well #2 With Yellow Water
2001/Dec City Council Minutes- Council voted to go forward with reservoir project
2003/Apr City Council Minutes- changed filtration system from nanofiltration (reverse osmosis) to chemical oxidation and filtration.
March 26, 2002 Cypress Water Production Facility Replacement Report States: "The Best Recommendation Treatment Is Nano Filtration..." and water quality issues with Well #5.
2007/Dec City Council Minutes- There was no public input the night the council approved the Lomita Financing Authority which untimately issued $7.4M in bonds for the water facility.
2012/Jul City of Lomita Minutes- Councilman Traina is the only one who votes against water rate increase
Not Only Did The Remaining Council Members vote YES for increases but they were unwilling to wait for the completion of the study examining allocation of City employee salaries to the Water Department.
2013/Apr City of Torrance Memo- States that only good quality well water is in North Torrance and that South Torrance has poor quality.
2013/Jun City of Lomita memo- States that there were no major operational issues in the month of May, however, WaterWorks, city contractor, daily logs show there were numerous shut downs of the well and there was an emergency shut down where the filter was not performing as intended.
In Direct Contradiction Review The Numerous Shutdowns And Other Issues As Reported By City Contractor WaterWorks Including An Emergency Shutdown May 13, 2013 (page 7)
2013/Jun City of Lomita Memo- Provides quality levels of hardness and TDS levels of MWD water, however, quality levels provided by MWD don't match reports. Lomita memo numbers showing MWD water to be lower quality than reported by MWD.
Lomita June Update Is Above
Clearly Different Measures Of Both Hardness And Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
2013/Jun California Dept of Public Health Letter to City- State notes concerns with methane.
The amended OMMP (Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring Plan) also includes provisions for the monitoring of methane, which is present in Well 5.
2013/Jun City of Lomita Memo- states that total dissolved solids (TDS) being distributed to Lomita citizens averaged higher than 600 parts per million- EPA recommends that drinking water stay below 500ppm.
(See Page 4)
2013/Jun City of Lomita Budget- Charges water rate payers over $110K rent for space at City Hall and Public Works Yard (see page 38)
2013/Jun City of Lomita Budget- Charges water rate payers $24,960 per year for Lomita Sheriff to patrol Reservoir facility which has security cameras and tall fencing at top of cul de sac. (see Budget page 98, 99 & 100 review Object 5320)
2013 Jul City of Lomita Memo- considering charging water rate payers for rent of Cypress Water facility, space at City Hall $224K per year and potential lease of pipes that are underground.
Water Rate Increases have been occurring frequently over recent history. (See Council Minutes, above for July, 2012 Rate Increase)
2013/Jul Fitch Bond Rating- States that City has yet to establish cost savings estimates.
"NEGATIVE OUTLOOK REFLECTS CONTINUED WATER PRODUCTION UNCERTAINTY:
The Negative Outlook reflects continued uncertainty regarding the production of local water given only a few months of operations, lower than expected blending rates, and lack of cost saving estimates. As such, the forecast for debt service coverage is uncertain."
2013/Jun City of Lomita Budget- shows 44% of labor costs (excluding Parks and Recreation and Community Services) and 67% of the Public Works Department labor costs charged to the water budget which encompasses over 25 employees charging the Water Fund, this includes all employees (with the exception of Parks & Recreation and Community Services departments).
Review Department Budgets in Lomita 2013/14 Budget (above) pages 57, 67, 81 and 158.
As you can see, these are all facts from public documents that point to a water filtration system that does not provide quality water. Although, the State of California has approved a temporary 9 month permit for this system which currently meets primary drinking standards, the secondary standards are important for overall water quality and it is up to you to demand quality water at a fair price.
The choice is yours.
Your Participation Is Vital. Now that the elections have past we need your active participation at City Council Meetings. Meetings are the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.