Mayor Pro Tem Kramer offers a rebuttal to his fellow councilman’s column on water
By Larry Kramer, Mayor Pro Tem of San Juan Capistrano
In the latest Dispatch, Councilman Derek Reeve takes issue with the rationale that we have built the Groundwater Recovery Plant as a cheaper and better alternative than building storage tanks in anticipation of interruptions in water supply from the Metropolitan Water District.
The major error in his column is that he used the wrong amount of water storage that we have purchased in the Chiquita Reservoir.
We did not purchase 10.15 percent (24.75 million gallons) but 6.7 percent (16.3 million gallons). Thus, our total storage is 31.9 million gallons.
To have seven days’ storage, we would need about 61 million gallons of total capacity. The estimated cost to build another 30 million gallons is about $60 million, just for the tanks.
He also overestimates our potable water well capacity. It is actually about .5 million gallons per day and is not very reliable.
Larry Kramer has been a resident of San Juan Capistrano since 2002 and has served on the City Council since 2010. He is a husband and father of two grown daughters, who reside in California. Professionally, Kramer served in the submarine force of the United States Navy, commanding three nuclear submarines and a submarine base. He received his degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.