Ojai's Water Supply Up For Study

By Daryl Kelley

In a move that should make the Ojai Valley better able to survive a drought, the state has awarded $219,000 for a definitive study of how the Ojai groundwater basin works. The grant from the state Department of Water Resources will pay for a study of hundreds of wells already sunk into the 10-square-mile Ojai Basin, a subterranean bowl filled with layer after layer of sands and gravel separated by clay. In some places, experts say, the basin is 900 feet deep and may hold perhaps 75,000 acre-feet of water, about one-third as much

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