Water Authority's Preferential Rights to MWD Water Increase
The Water Authority's rate case litigation against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California produced a significant increase in the Water Authority's preferential rights to MWD water. The courts ruled that MWD unlawfully undercalculated the Water Authority's statutory right to MWD's supply and ordered MWD to recalculate the preferential rights to include the Water Authority's wheeling payments.
After accounting for those payments, the Water Authority's preferential right to MWD water supply increased from 18.53 percent - as previously miscalculated by MWD - to 24.22 percent. Based upon an available MWD supply of 1.75 million acre-feet, the Water Authority right increased by about 100,000 acre-feet per year. That's enough water to serve 200,000 typical San Diego County families per year.