CMWD to sell water to San Gorgonio

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Directors of the Casitas Municipal Water District (CMWD) decided March 28 to negotiate the sale of the District's 2018 state-water allocation to a Riverside County water agency.
Under the one-year deal, CMWD could recover as much as $730,000 of what it pays for the right to state water and will be guaranteed the return of 40 percent of that water in a future year. Typically, CMWD sells its state water allocation to a turnback pool for $34,740 per year.
The District has been paying for the rights to state water for years, but has no physical connection to the State Water Project (SWP).
“This is water we can't take yet,” said CMWD director James Word.
CMWD's yearly payment for state water averages $800,000 to $900,000, according to Michael Flood, assistant general manager.
The $730,000 from the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (SGPWA) would pay for approximately 1,000 acre feet of water, but that amount could increase if the state water allocation increases, Flood said.

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