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Water deal in the works for Lodi

If approved, proposal could give a boost to North San Joaquin Water Conservation District

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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:13 am, Sat Nov 10, 2012.

The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District is looking to sell Mokelumne River water to the city of Lodi with the help of the Woodbridge Irrigation District. If the deal goes through, it could be a big boost for North San Joaquin, which has struggled with operational and political turmoil in recent years.

In a nutshell, here is how the deal would work:

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  • roy bitz posted at 9:33 am on Sun, Nov 11, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I know nothing about any wrongdoing at NSJWCD. I just don't think city rate payers should be forced to pay for any more surface water in order to help offset ground water overdraft.
    City rate payers are being forced ( by our city council ) to pay about five million dollars a year to pay for the 6,000 acre feet of river water and all the costs associated with the new treatment plant to process it----ALL THE COSTS--- Debt service alone is over forty million dollars over the life of this boondoggle.
    Someone please tell me I'm wrong.

  • roy bitz posted at 9:58 pm on Sat, Nov 10, 2012.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I believe the city should provide a detailed list of all costs associated with the surface water treatment plant ---- all the costs--- before they commit to purchase even more surface water.
    According to this article the city currently uses 20,000 acre feet of ground water annually--- about 10% of the 200,000 annual overdraft. 90% of the overdraft of our ground water happens outside the city limits and though city folks have little impact on the ground water overdraft, we are forced to pay dearly for polluted but heavily chlorinated surface water while folks outside the city continue to pump pump pump---great tasting chlorine free ground water ---unrestricted and virtually free.
    Please--- someone do a cost/benefit annalysis of the current surface water treatment project before the city buys more river water in order to save our ground water or to pay for infrastructure for NSJWCD.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:41 pm on Sat, Nov 10, 2012.

    advocate Posts: 502

    This dysfunctional water district, NSJWCD, that's responsible for the large part of depleting the groundwater supply shouldn't even be considered as an agency to purchase water from and every drop of water they have rights to should be used to replenish that groundwater supply, a lot of it through poor irrigation management and waste, not selling it to line the coffers of their corrupted little group of good old boys until they reveal who the culprits were who devastated this didtrict all those years and are now living comfortably. They know as well as I do who that person is and until the unaccounted for funds, no bid contracts and helping themselves embezzlers are, this still dysfunctional water district should clean their own house before asking for handouts. Of course, they probably figure that Johnson, Katzakian and Johnson, who own the three yes votes to pass anything they want, will take care of the good old boys, most of them plain old winegrape growers. I knew that eventually this unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant would play into the hands of the NSJWCD and their band of bullies.



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