Implementing a Successful Conjunctive Use Program

by William R. Mills, Jr., (F.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Over the past decade, water planners have come to the agreement that conjunctive use is a good strategy to help meet present and ftiture water needs. Storing water underground has many advantages over constructing dams and reservoirs. There is less evaporation than experienced with surface reservoirs. Projects have a lower capital cost and usually do not require an extensive distribution system. Perhaps most important, underground storage is more environmentally acceptable than surface storage. An important study analyzing conjunctive use potential in Southern California was recently undertaken by the Association of Ground Water Agencies (AGWA) and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Findings of the study indicate that there is substantial existing capacity available for conjunctive use purposes in the southland and, that it holds great promise for extending water supplies during drought conditions.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Underground storage | Water resources | Reservoirs | Light rail transit | Groundwater management | Droughts | California | United States

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