Boring becomes exciting: Next phase in water search begins

Bill Warner, Ojai Valley News reporter

The prospect of supplementing the contents of Lake Casitas by tapping an aquifer in the Santa Ynez Mountains is moving ahead. The Casitas Municipal Water District's (CMWD's) Board of Directors gave approval Dec. 14 for a contract with Water Resource Engineering Associates (WREA) to produce a design report for a test well in the Matilija sandstone formation.

CMWD General Manager Steve Wickstrum described the contract as Phase 2 of an effort to find out if the water's there. Formulation of the report is expected to take approximately eight weeks, he said. The estimated value of the contract is $38,700.

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