Transferring Conserved Water

by D. A. Twogood, (M.ASCE), Imperial Irrigation District, El, Centro, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The proposal to transfer water salvaged by water conservation programs from one area to another is a new concept. Imperial Irrigation District (District), located in the southeast portion of California, diverts from the Colorado River at Imperial Dam. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) serves the Southern California coastal area which continues to experience rapid growth in population and water needs, yet has limited water resources. The District's water right to the Colorado River has a higher priority than that of the MWD. The District has made improvements in its water system during the past thirty years which have increased efficiency and conserved water. The cost of the necessary water conservation programs are greater than the practical ability for Imperial Valley farmers to pay. However, such costs appear to be well within the ability of MWD to pay. An Agreement between the two parties can and must be mutually beneficial. MWD would acquire a new water supply at a reasonable cost. The District would gain an improved system at no cost to its water users with probable reduced operation and maintenance costs.

Subject Headings: Water conservation | Water resources | Water supply systems | Benefit cost ratios | Rivers and streams | Irrigation districts | Urban areas | Colorado River | California | United States

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