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ALAMEDA POINT WATER SYSTEM DO-NOT-DRINK ADVISORY LIFTED BY STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD—DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER

Residents and businesses can now drink and cook with Alameda Point’s water. Water throughout Alameda Point’s drinking water distribution system has been deemed safe by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water. This water once again matches EBMUD’s high quality water supply consistent with other areas outside of the Alameda Point water system.

Dismal precipitation this past winter and a melted snowpack has pushed the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) board of directors to implement a series of actions to protect and stretch the East Bay’s water supply.

The district’s annual water supply and deficiency report confirms that projected water storage will be at near-record lows without additional actions. Storage in all reservoirs combined is expected to stand at one-third of capacity by Oct. 1, the start of the water year.

A native Alamedan is currently serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa in the small country of Benin. Anne-Marie Mitchell has been working with farmers and farmer’s groups to adopt new technologies there.

In this effort, she is working with a farm-school in southeastern Benin to build a solar-powered water pump that will irrigate up to 10 new acres of land for a minimum of 10 years. The irrigation is estimated to supply enough water to produce 250,000 pounds of potatoes on those 10 acres.

Last week technology industry experts recognized that an Alameda-based start-up company is making the world a safer place. “Liquidity,” which manufactures water-purification products based on a membrane technology, came home from TechCrunch Disrupt in New York with an impressive trophy and the $50,000 grand prize for its “Naked Filter.” 

The company’s prize-winning entry is the result of more than 15 years of research and development at Stony Brook University on the north shore of Long Island and at the company’s Marina Village headquarters. 

The City on Water

In a continuing effort to discuss water supply and demand in the City of Alameda, Liz Acord, management analyst with the Public Works Department answered more questions regarding water use here.  

According to actual figures of water use between March and December 2014, the city reduced its overall usage by 29 percent compared to the same period in 2013. This amounts to an overall savings of 120,564,277 gallons between 2013 and 2014.

Local Minister Attends White House Dinner
Christ Episcopal Church’s Pastor Reverend Stephen McHale and his family attended that White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington D.C. on May 3. 

The McHales received their invitation to the exclusive event as a result of a very special family connection. McHale’s older brother, actor and comedian Joel McHale, was the headliner at the dinner. Joel hosts The Soup on E! TV and played Jeff Winger in the NBC comedy series Community. 

Despite the recent rains, California is still in a drought, and the Alameda Backyard Growers want to help local gardeners conserve water. The group has scheduled a presentation on waterwise irrigation at its meeting scheduled for Monday, April 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Rhythmix Cultural Works (RCW). 
Chad Martens of Irrigation Equipment Company will discuss how to grow food using a minimum of water. Martens will discuss how to deal with water restrictions and how to make the most of the water you have. 

With the extreme drought conditions taking hold in California, the City of Alameda is doing its part to reach the 20 percent reductions in water use requested by the Governor. All Alameda parks will be watered 20 percent less. This may result in green grass turning brown. Submit questions online at the city website or call the Parks Maintenance Line at 747-7572.

Alameda could become key water transportation hub

Richard Bangert

A public hearing is scheduled next Monday evening, Jan. 6, in San Francisco to take comments on the proposed facility for the San Francisco Bay ferries at Alameda Point. At that time, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board will host its first hearing to determine if the project complies with its guidelines. These include ensuring maximum public shoreline access, preserving scenic views and enhancing the shoreline visual experience through appropriate design appearance.