The Zone 7 board of directors will make a presentation tonight to separate the agency from Alameda County control.
The proposed move is aimed at aligning Zone 7's current scope of authority with the actual territory served by enacting a new enabling statute that would clearly establish Zone 7 Water Agency's operations as separate from Alameda County.
Zone 7 Water Agency currently provides regional flood protection for eastern Alameda County, as well as providing wholesale water to retailers who deliver to over 200,000 people in the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and the Dougherty Valley portion of San Ramon.
The realignment, one 7 representatives argue, would rectify this inequity and allow Zone 7 to adopt more streamlined business practices, potentially saving customers money and minimizing future water rate increases.
Zone 7 Water Agency, short for Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, is responsible for providing flood control and water resources to the Livermore-Amador Valley. The district was created by the California Legislature in 1947 and Zone 7, as it is known today, was formed by a vote of local residents in 1957.
Of Alameda County's 10 active zones, only Zone 7 has its own elected seven-member board of directors.
As the Tri-Valley's water "wholesaler," Zone 7 sells treated water primarily to four retail water agencies - the California Water Service Company, the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton, and the Dublin San Ramon Services District. It also sells untreated water directly to agricultural and other customers.
Tonight's meeting is open to the public and will start at 6 p.m. and the issue of realignment is the only item on the agenda. The meeting will be held at Alameda County Public Works Agency at 4825 Gleason Drive in Dublin, near the Santa Rita Jail.
For more information, visit the Zone 7 Water Agency's website at http://www.zone7water.com.