Deal will provide 75,000 af of water to high desert city

The City of Hesperia will receive 75,000 acre-feet of water from the Cadiz Water Project.

Cadiz signed a Letter of Intent to provide the supply last week as part of the Company’s commitment to the “One Water” Initiative in San Bernardino County’s Mojave River Basin.

Under the “One Water” initiative, regional water agencies will develop a coordinated strategy for financing and building water infrastructure in San Bernardino County’s Mojave River region. As part of its commitment, Cadiz, through its non-profit affiliate Fenner Gap Mutual Water Company, will supply surplus water to participating agencies from the Cadiz water supply and storage project in the eastern Mojave on an “at cost” basis. Participating agencies will jointly develop an infrastructure plan to conserve and efficiently utilize all water resources in the Mojave River Basin – including groundwater, recycled water, wastewater and imported water resources from the State Water Project.

“Implementing the One Water initiative is crucial for High Desert communities,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO of Cadiz. “Nowhere is water more precious. Cadiz is incredibly proud to help communities like Hesperia plan for robust growth with a conservation focus that preserves desert groundwater and improves the quality of life for families who live, work and play here.”

“As part of an adjudicated water basin, the City of Hesperia is committed to responsible water management strategies to address our replacement water obligations,” said Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird. “To support our growing community, we are exploring opportunities like the Fenner Gap Water Project, which offers new avenues for water supply and sustainability. By participating in the Mojave-San Bernardino One Water Project, we aim to secure a sustainable water supply, ensuring water security and resilience for our City’s future.”

In accordance with the LOI, Hesperia and Fenner Gap will enter a definitive agreement reserving 75,000 AF of supplemental water supply from the Cadiz project through its Northern Pipeline. That pipeline runs 220 miles from Cadiz in the eastern Mojave through High Desert communities including Barstow, Yermo, Daggett, Newberry Springs and the Antelope Valley. The cost of the water will be limited to the actual incremental expense of pumping, delivery and exchange.

To view a copy of the LOI with the City of Hesperia, click here.

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