San Juan and two of its wholesale customer agencies - Fair Oaks Water District (FOWD) and Citrus Heights Water District (CHWD) - are working with a regional coalition of water suppliers to conduct a groundwater substitution water transfer to two agricultural water purveyors in the southern San Joaquin Valley. FOWD and CHWD will each pump up to 2,000 acre-feet more groundwater this year to serve their customers (approximately 20% of their normal deliveries to customers,) and the surface water that would have otherwise been supplied to them by San Juan will be transferred to the SWP buyers. All costs associated with the transfer will be covered by the sale. Revenues generated above the costs will be shared by San Juan and FOWD/CHWD, which will help reduce upward pressure on future rate requirements.
Documents describing the FOWD transfer can be found here. Written comments are welcome and can be submitted by mail or in person (SJWD - Water Transfer Comments, Attn: Greg Zlotnick - 9935 Auburn Folsom Road, Granite Bay CA 95746), and must be received by May 17, 2018. The San Juan Board of Directors will consider approval of the proposed transfer at its regular Board meeting on May 23 at 6:00 PM.
The documents related to the CHWD transfer are still being developed, and will be posted as soon as they are available.SJWD Notice of Intent and Documentation