The ongoing district-wide fire flow improvement program dates back to 1997, when voters approved a $75 annual property fee to fund water distribution system improvements to provide water for fire protection and to strengthen the distribution system’s seismic reliability. That original 15-year fire flow program funded the installation of 66 miles of larger pipes, 750 new hydrants, and seismic retrofits at the water treatment plants and critical tanks and pump stations.
The fee was renewed in 2012 for an additional 19 years to fund 52 more miles of pipeline replacements as well as seismic retrofits of pump stations and pipe bridges. Because the fee is based on property ownership and not MMWD customer records, the fee appears on property tax bills, which are received in early October of each year. MMWD has an agreement with the County of Marin to collect the funds, which are held in a separate account from MMWD’s regular capital projects budget.
More information about the fire flow program is available on MMWD’s website.