Catalina water use meeting set next week

Southern California Edison will hold two meetings to explain Stage 3 water rationing at Avalon School on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The first meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The second meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stage 3 rationing will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Southern California Edison will hold two meetings to explain Stage 3 water rationing at Avalon School on Wednesday, Aug. 24. The first meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. The second meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Stage 3 rationing will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6.

This week, Edison gave the City Council an update on the water rationing plan. Most Avalon residents and businesses will be required to reduce their water use by 40 percent. Hamilton Cove customers will have to reduce water use by 50 percent. According to Councilwoman Cinde MacGugan-Cassidy, other Island customers would be required to ration more than 40 percent.

Edison has established minimum and maximum water use policies. According to Edison, except for irrigation, most customers would have a “floor” of 33 gallons of water a day. Single family homes would have a “ceiling” of 200 gallons a day. Commercial and industrial water customers would have a “ceiling” of 2,500 gallons a day. Irrigation customers would have a “ceiling” of 166 gallons a day.

According to Edison, July water use was almost 29 percent lower than the pre-drought baseline even as the visitor count was more than 61 percent higher than the baseline. However, as of Thursday, Aug. 11, the Middle Ranch Reservoir level measured 147 acre feet.

In related news, the City Council this week approved contributing $500,000 to the second Edison desalination unit. The City of Avalon had agreed to pay the money to Edison in 2015.

However, Councilwoman MacGugan-Cassidy said the money would not be delivered until Edison officials meet with the city’s law firm.

Councilman Joe Sampson said that Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe’s office will also pay half a million to the desalination project.

Sampson said the city will look at getting water storage tanks and possibly another desalination plant.

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