Sacramento Suburban Water District and Carmichael Water District Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Water Supply Opportunities

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At the August 19, 2019, regular Board meeting, the Sacramento Suburban Water District (SSWD) Board of Directors authorized the General Manager to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Water Supply Opportunities between SSWD and Carmichael Water District (CWD). On July 15, 2019, CWD Board of Directors approved the MOU and directed the General Manager to sign the MOU. The purpose of the MOU is to memorialize the desire of SSWD and CWD to explore mutually beneficial water supply opportunities and share the costs of water opportunities worth pursuing.  Approving the MOU provides SSWD an ability to improve the flexibility and reliability of its water supplies, infrastructure, and improve its conjunctive use program, which includes groundwater banking and water transfers.

CWD has three surface water rights, settlement contract rights with Aerojet Corporation, and groundwater supplies.  CWD diverts surface water in the American River at its Bajamont Water Treatment Plant that has 22 million gallons per day capacity.  During dry years and peak demand times, CWD uses groundwater to supplement its surface water supplies.

On June 5, 2019, staff met with Steve Nugent, the General Manager for CWD, and discussed water-sharing opportunities.  Two opportunities rose to the top that we plan on pursuing.  One is a groundwater banking temporary transfer opportunity where CWD will deliver SSWD surface water in lieu of SSWD pumping groundwater.  TY will be preparing a project description and steps for us to initiate this opportunity.  The other water sharing opportunity is partnering with CWD on a well that SSWD is planning to construct. CWD would purchase a share of its capacity, primarily for a backup supply.