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Partnering to Properly

Post Date:12/19/2018 2:00 PM

We recently joined local leaders and water managers throughout the region to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sacramento Groundwater Authority (SGA) and two decades of progressive groundwater management. 

SGA was created in 1998 to manage the Sacramento region’s North Area groundwater basin, which underlies our service area, as well as the communities of Sacramento, Carmichael, Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, and Folsom. At that time, the region’s water supplies and environmental resources were on an unsustainable path as groundwater levels were declining steadily and water providers were projecting the need to tap the Lower American River more heavily to serve the needs of a growing population. 

SGA became one of the first groundwater management agencies of its kind in California, where groundwater basins were largely unregulated. Over the past two decades, we have has partnered with other water providers through SGA to develop a management program that has allowed the over-drafted basin to recover to levels that are sustainable, provide a forum for dealing more collaboratively with groundwater pollution and produce a successful conjunctive use program to safeguard both water supplies and benefit the environment.  

We’re proud of our involvement with SGA and progressive track record on groundwater management, which will continue to enhance our groundwater supplies to meet customer needs for decades to come.