CCWD eyes TUD water sale

By Mike Morris, The Union Democrat

Calaveras County Water District plans to study its water rights on the Stanislaus River to see if it has water available to eventually sell to neighboring agencies, such as water-strapped Tuolumne Utilities District.

CCWD's Board of Directors voted Wednesday to fund the new study regarding water usage in the Stanislaus River watershed. It will provide an analysis of how much water CCWD is using under its rights on the North Fork of the Stanislaus and also look at other agencies that have rights to the water and how the water is being used.

Rocklin-based ECORP Consulting, Inc. was hired to complete the study.

CCWD General Manager Mitch Dion said an objective of the study is to determine if the district has water available for "other purposes." Those purposes could include potentially selling water to neighboring agencies, such as TUD.

"Can we sell water to TUD regularly? How can I answer that question without a model?" Dion said.

TUD would be an obvious example of potential buyers. The district has no water rights, instead relying on a contract supply from PG&E out of Lyons Reservoir.

For the complete story, see the May 15, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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