Casitas forms water study group

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
A possible solution to the Ojai Valley's water crisis was presented to the Casitas Municipal Water District's (CMWD) Board of Directors at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The “Three Sisters” idea was presented by the Ojai Valley Water Advisory Group, formed in April by Ojai residents Larry Yee, Richard Hajas, Rosalie Zabilla and Peter Thielke.
“Our mission, basically, was just to take a fresh, independent and objective look at water supply options,” said Hajas. “We have no allegiance to anyone, we're not being paid by anyone and we really don't care if people like us or not.”
The idea involves a partnership between Casitas, the city of Ventura and Calleguas Municipal Water District.
Calleguas, which serves parts of eastern Ventura County, relies on the California State Water Project (SWP) aqueduct and a single pipeline that could be vulnerable in an earthquake.
The SWP needs emergency water storage of 30,000 acre feet, Hajas said.
Ventura and Casitas need other sources of water and a reserve supply for dry years.

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