Water deal benefits multiple agencies

Water deal benefits multiple agencies

San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (SGPWA) conducted a water sale agreement last week with Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) that they say will bring additional water to the Pass Area.

The terms of the deal include 400 acre-feet of available imported water from SGPWA to CCWA for $600,000. CCWA will then return 800 acre-feet of water to SGPWA over 10 years.

“Any chance we have to grow our resources is a win,” said SGPWA Board President Larry Smith. “Deals like this allow SGPWA to bring more water to the Pass Area, keep rates down, and take advantage of wet year opportunities.”

CCWA is responsible for the delivery of State Water Project (SWP) water to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, including operation of a pipeline that connects the SWP to these areas. The transfer provides supplemental water supplies to CCWA’s participating agencies for their use in 2023.

“Across California, communities are facing short- and long-term water supply issues. Collaboration is key to overcoming these challenges. This partnership helps CCWA continue to meet current demand, while positioning SGPWA to grow its supplies for future needs,” said CCWA Executive Director Ray Stokes.

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