Compton, MWDSC agree to long-term water storage and supply contract

The 25-year agreement guarantees California city draw during dry periods and droughts. Compton $2.42 million program will store up to 2,289 acre-feet (AF) of Metropolitan water -- one acre foot equaling about 326,000 gallons, or enough to provide for two families for a year. City will be able to withdraw up to 763 AF per year for three consecutive years, if needed...

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 7, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Officials of the Compton Municipal Water Department and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC) will sign Tuesday a 25-year agreement for a $2.42 million water storage program, from which Compton can draw during dry periods and droughts.

The signing will occur at 10 a.m. at the MWDSC headquarters adjoining Union Station.

Expected to be present are Metropolitan Board Chairman Wes Bannister; Compton Mayor Eric J. Perrodin; Compton City Councilman and Metropolitan Director Isadore Hall III; Metropolitan Interim CEO Gilbert Ivey; Compton Municipal Water General Manager Kambiz Shoghi.

This is Metropolitan's sixth conjunctive use program with a member water agency using state Proposition 13 funds in which Metropolitan's imported surface water is stored in a local aquifer in conjunction with groundwater. The local agency owns and operates the facilities, and withdraws the stored water when needed during a dry period or drought -- thereby freeing up Metropolitan's other supplies for additional regional uses.

The Compton program will store up to 2,289 acre-feet (AF) of Metropolitan water; an acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons, enough to provide for two families for a year. Compton will be able to withdraw up to 763 AF per year for three consecutive years, if needed.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving 18 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

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