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North San Joaquin water official explains upcoming groundwater project

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Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Joe Valente’s gray Chevrolet pickup truck drove down Tretheway Road in Lodi on Friday afternoon as the president of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District Board of Directors pointed out large concrete cylinders, known as stand pumps, that provide air to a seven-mile pipeline stretching from the Mokelumne River to Pixley Creek Slough.

Installed approximately 60 years ago, the pipeline was intended to provide surface water from the river to farms in the southern part of the water district, according to Valente. Although the pipeline functioned properly for flood irrigation, it was unable to meet the farmers’ needs when they switched to drip irrigation, requiring them to tap into the groundwater supply, he explained.

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