The $875,118 study identifies yearly savings of $31.6 million, with an expected one-time investment of about $10 million. Overall, the study says the net present value of the savings is estimated at $217 million.
Marcial said the easiest and highest priority of the study's efficiency gains, and already under way, is to implement the district's reduction in vehicles.
Of about 439 transportation vehicles, 123 assigned to zanjeros and supervisors will no longer be taken home. The remainder, while also assigned to specific persons, are not taken home. All of the vehicles will become part of a car pool. The change in vehicle use is expected to be completed by the end of March.
The efficiency study states $2.12 million annually can be saved through a reduction of 263 vehicles, with a one-time investment of $40,000. Overall, IID could save $15.11 million. Whether this number of vehicles can be cut is still being considered.
Other priorities, in order, are water fulfillment, that is, moving idle zanjeros to maintenance, and water system automation; computer improvements; governance, including organization, policies, incentive plan and performance management; customer care and billing and customer-service projects.
Teams have been formed for each of the areas being studied, and district employees, not just management, will participate.
"We will have to do this every day," Marcial said.
Members of the so-called process review team praised the efforts of the district in moving the savings forward.
Holtville-area farmer John Hawk said it is great that management will include employees in the implementation.
Imperial-area resident Toni Holtz said it is obvious the board is serious about the issue and she appreciates it. She urged the board to include members of the process review team in the implementation team meetings.
Calexico-area farmer John Pierre Menvielle urged the board to provide a regular update on the issue, and praised district staff for finding potential gains not in the study.
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