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Candidates From page 6 own well-belng, but for our visi- tors also. Bob Kennedy (mayoral candidate) The Catalina Islander published the new well plan on the front page so I won't beat this to death. There are a number of com- ments I would like to make regard- ing water "Avalon's most desired asset." Edison's obligation is to provide a safe, reliable and plen- tiful water source. Their stance on protecting their stock holders and not over build availability is flawed. They are not calculating the cause and effect of the damage done to ratepayers and a commu- nity limiting the resource. There is financial benefit to Edison in phased rationing. The tariff needs to be re- authored among other things to include desalination as part of our safe annual yield. We permitted the Hamilton Cove and required desalination. We must expand our water assets! We must drill the new well and expand and improve our desalination technologies. These goals must be our water pu_rveyor's priorities. I have been having these dis- cussions and requesting Edison's call to action. I have been work- ing with G.E. to bring new and improved water technologies to service. We can achieve these goals with Edison and or stake- holders. Ralph Morrow Water Scarcity We live on a desert Island. As we are not con- nected to the mainland, our water supply is our responsi- bility. We need to exercise intelligent water conservation methods at all times. We tend to relax in times of good rainfall and panic in times of drought. We need to work with Edison and the State PUC to help stream- line and implement the permitting processes when it comes drill- ing new wells and seeking new sources. The desalinization plant needs to be up and operational at all times. There needs to be established a clear protocol for desalinization plant use when our water storage falls to a particular level. We need to research the necessity of add- ing desalinization modules to our existing plant. Our desalinization plant does not put water in the reservoir it adds water to our system to slow down the use of reservoir stor- age. At full capacity, it can pro- vide roughly 1/3 the water Avalon needs to get by. We should never get to the point of any water rationing. The results hurt tourism, hurt business and are easily avoided with proper planning and oversight. We need to look into alternate water storage possibilities similar to the storage tank at the Isthmus. Water conservation is every- one's responsibility. We need to promote conservation and live as an example to our mainland friends. Burney Ramming The three things that should be done to solve Avalon's water scarcity problem are: First, make the existing water reservoirs on the Island bigger and insure they are in a 6ondi- tion to store safe, adequate drink- ing water. The Middle Ranch Reservoir is now at a low level which would allow dredging and cleaning at a more reasonable cost as compared to waiting on this required work until the reservoir is filled with water. Secondly the Bed Rock well idea that the Island Company is considering should be put on a priority action list for the Island Company, Edison and the New City Council to develop together. This water resource is said to be a big aquifer located 400 feet below ground and will require approxi- mately two million dollars for development. The developer must make sure that the taking of this ancient water will not harm the Island in the future. The new City Council 2014 ..... Release ........ ,:;.: ...... ...... Those laSt i0 Sticky pounds Fear Em e ffy Call me, Email me, Friend Me Laura Whitby 310 991 3771 flybikeswim@yaho0.com should be involved in this well development. Thirdly, desalinated water from the ocean should be considered a companion source to any new well. Catalina Island must have multiple sources of fresh water to provide for residents and visitors. There are two ways to get fresh water from salt water. The first is reverse osmoses where salt water is pumped through a filter, the salt remains behind and fresh water is produced. This is the process Edison uses now on a limited basis. The second way is to boil salt water and use the produced condensation as fresh water. This is how ships make fresh water with the heat from their engines. I believe the new City Council should answer the question; Can the heat from the Edison genera- tors be used to make condensation water? Vote for Burney Ramming, he definitely will help solve the water problem. Cinde M. MacGugan- Cassidy Just like the rest of Southern California, Catalina Island will always face concerns over water. Because of that, it's essential that we all treat water like a pre- cious resource whether we are in a declared drought or not. Those of us who live here conserve water automatically - we fix leaks, we wash with full loads and we shut off the water when brushing our teeth. We must actively and regularly promote that water conservation attitude so that those come to visit the island treat water with the same respect that we do. Conserving water will only get us so far. The Santa Catalina Island Company has recently agreed to dig a new well and the city is actively supporting their efforts. Long-term allocations for that water still need to be nego- tiated between the SCICO and Southern California Edison. Our desalination plant is an important resource for us and we need to encourage that it be maintained alad further explore options to improve it, expand it and - if need be - replace it. Edison continues to negotiate with a buyer for its water opera- tions on the island. I think the right buyer will help the city and its water needs. Because Edison is not in the water business, having a water utility with the right background will help allocate capital improve- ment costs. Please feel free to bring addi- tional questions, concerns or insights to me. You can find me at my office inside the Hardware Store, email me at cinde@frontier. com or call me at 310.510.9561. I have actively been seeking educa- tion and history regarding a bar- rage of subjects pertaining to the city and will continue to do so. Thank you for your support! 1 1 D Come Visit Django! Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For. All Ages! Pet Supplies Games. Puzzles Arts and Crafts Books Educafional Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 7, 2014 i 7