Vacaville council gives go-ahead to sell water to parched Benicia

By From page A12 | May 28, 2014

VACAVILLE — In a benevolent message to its neighbors that also includes a monetary payoff, the City Council approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the sale of 4,000 acre-feet of water to thirsty Benicia.

That could mean up to $800,000 of revenue into the city’s water fund.

The resolution passed unanimously without comment.

Vacaville has three sources of water – the State Water Project, the Solano Project (Lake Berryessa) and groundwater. Benicia, with only one source, the State Water Project, isn’t so lucky. The city is already on mandatory water conservation but that will not be enough for the water-parched Solano County city.

All the cities in Solano County and the Solano Irrigation District belong to the Solano County Water Agency, which works collaboratively to solve water issues that affect the county, encourage water conservation and assist each other in drought-related situations.

More than 90 percent of Vacaville’s predrought water needs can be met with two of its three water sources: annual allocations from Lake Berryessa and groundwater. It also has Solano Project carryover “banked” for the future.

Prior to voluntary water conservation, the city had been using about 17,000 acre-feet of water annually with 8,750 acre-feet coming Lake Berryessa and another approximately 7,000 acre-feet from the groundwater. The city determined it needs less than 1,000 acre-feet of additional water each year during the drought.

An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, or the amount of water needed to cover an acre with water a foot deep. This is enough water to serve two California families for a year, according to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Reach Susan Winlow at 427-6955 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/swinlowdr.


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