With power generation revenues exceeding the Yuba County Water Agency’s expectations this past year – by more than $20 million since taking over responsibility of the powerhouses from PG&E on May 1, 2016 – the board of directors granted its member units’ request to forgo an annual rate increase this year.
There are over a hundred water systems in California that have tested above the new maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), a man-made chemical and known carcinogen found in the state’s groundwater.
As California water agencies prepare to vote next month on paying for the tunnels, which are supposed to improve water deliveries to the southern half of the state, the stark difference between urban and rural water users’ expected costs illustrates one of the project’s main stumbling blocks.
With a river running through the heart of Bakersfield even on the cusp of fall, it may be hard to remember but the fight to keep that water flowing continues. I’m talking about the “forfeited water,” still out there, still forfeited.
Ancient bones and abundant artifacts lie along Pacheco Creek, just north of Highway 152 at Pacheco Pass, where generations of Native Americans lived, died and now rest in peace. But the site is also where Silicon Valley’s largest water provider plans to expand a reservoir, storing more water for our region’s ever-growing thirst.
Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: solar energy generation.
A planned joint meeting between the Monterey Peninsula mayors water authority and the Peninsula water management district boards is expected to address a number of issues ranging from progress on a new water supply and the odds of meeting current state cutback order milestones to the likelihood of litigation challenging California American Water’s proposed desalination project and potential water supply alternatives.
During the drought, Californians often asked why the state wasn’t building more reservoirs. On Tuesday, the state finally began taking a major step toward that goal, unveiling a list of 12 huge new water projects — from massive new dams in the north to expanded groundwater banks in the south — that will compete for $2.7 billion in state bond funding for new water storage projects.
Heavy winter snows in the Rocky Mountains have rescued the thirsty Western U.S. for another year. U.S. water managers said Tuesday there will be no water cutbacks in 2018 for millions of residents and farmers served by the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River that lies behind the Hoover Dam.
Imperial Irrigation District general manager Kevin Kelley is defending the public utility’s relationship with ZGlobal, after a Desert Sun investigation raised questions about the consulting firm’s extensive work for private-sector solar developers in Imperial County.
The Sites Project Authority (Authority) today [August 14] has submitted its application to the California Water Commission for Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) funding for the Sites Reservoir Project. This important milestone marks substantial project momentum, as demonstrated by the over 170 organizations, agencies, businesses and elected officials that support the project.
California voters in 2014 approved a ballot measure that allocates $2.7 billion for water storage projects. It’s likely there will be hot competition for the money when the California Water Commission gets around to awarding it next year.
Saying poor people are being penalized too harshly for stealing water after their service is cut off for not paying their bills, the East Bay’s largest water district has decided to reduce water theft fines.
A $914 million plan to expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir as drought insurance for millions of Bay Area residents picked up endorsements Monday from six conservation groups in a rare display of environmental support for new water development.
Decision time is approaching for the agencies that will have to pick up the nearly $17-billion tab for building two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of the state’s water works.
In 2009, Green Light Energy Corp. arrived in the Imperial Valley. The developer started asking for permission that year to connect solar projects to the power grid run by the Imperial Irrigation District, or IID, a publicly owned water and electric utility in California’s southeastern corner.
As the Castaic Lake Water Agency remains poised to become one new all-encompassing water agency with the promise of a bill nearing final review in Sacramento, its unique role as provider of Northern California water to the Santa Clarita Valley is also under review.
Consumers have two very reasonable questions when it comes to any proposed big-ticket public project that may affect their utility bills: What is the project going to cost me? And what is the approximate cost of an alternative? We at Metropolitan answer those questions and more in our latest policy white paper providing a detailed look at the financial planning for California WaterFix.