Water Authority Studies Options for Colorado River Water Deliveries
The Water Authority's Board of Directors is faced with a major decision by the end of 2017 about the future of a long-term deal for water from the Colorado River. The central question is whether to maintain a 45-year Water Transfer Agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District that is scheduled to provide river water for San Diego County through 2047, or to end it 10 years earlier.
Many factors are at play -- the cost of transporting San Diego's water using the Colorado River Aqueduct operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the cost of buying other water supplies from MWD, and the future of a strategy that has successfully increased local water supply reliability and reduced regional dependence on MWD by more than half since 1991.
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