Solano County

Benicia looks at voluntary water cut

By April 30, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Benicia could ask its residents to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent.

The Benicia City Council will discuss the matter Tuesday. It meets at 6 p.m. in its chamber at 250 E. L St.

Benicia typically gets 85 percent of its water through the state’s North Bay Aqueduct. But the State Water Project is set to deliver only 5 percent of allocations this year because of the three-year drought. Before the recent rains, the state had planned to deliver no water.

Unlike Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo, Benicia does not get Lake Berryessa water. Lake Berryessa reservoir is owned by the U.S Bureau of Reclamation, not the state.

Gov. Jerry Brown has already called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent .

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • JBDragonApril 29, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    I'd just like to add that, they'll ask you to cut back, then at some point force you, in either case say not enough money is coming in because people aren't using as much and they need the money to fix things, and so you all need a rate hike! That's how it works. They're going to get their money one way or another. Just wait and see!

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  • Rick WoodApril 29, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Benicia does have some Berryessa water through an agreement with Solano Irrigation District, but it's not a contact member unit like the other cities.

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