Mayor Pro Tem Kramer offers a rebuttal to his fellow councilman’s column on water

Larry Kramer
San Juan Capistrano Mayor Pro Tem Larry Kramer. Courtesy of the city of San Juan Capistrano

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.

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  • Given what the press is quoting–i.e.: “The basic blueprint of our plan calls for a reliable foundation that we then build upon, and that reliable foundation is the Colorado River and Northern California water,” said Jeffrey Kightlinger, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. “To the extent we lose one of those supplies, I don’t know that there is enough technology and new supplies to replace them.” New York Times – Jan 5, 2014.


    “There is no planning for a continuation of the drought we’ve had,” said one expert on the Colorado’s woes, who asked not to be identified to preserve his relationship with state officials. “There’s always been within the current planning an embedded hope that somehow, things would return to something more like normal.” New York Times – Jan 5, 2014

    Thank God previous City Councils saw the need for us to have the Ground Water Recovery Plant. And thank you, Captain, for standing up for the GWRP.

    Now, isn’t it about time you and the other City Council members pass the resolution banning fracking here in San Juan Capistrano, and let the other towns and the state know that you passed it. We have simply run out of time.

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