Two California projects will receive $1.5 million collectively in CALFED Water Use Efficiency grants for the 2017 fiscal year, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said in a recent release.
The Santa Margarita Water District will receive $750,000, and Semitropic Water Storage District will also receive $750,000, the release said.
“The projects will conserve an estimated 733 acre-feet per year of water, contributing to the CALFED Bay-Delta Program objectives of improving ecosystem health, water supply reliability and water quality,” the bureau said in the release
The bureau said the expansion of the 3A Water Reclamation Plant will save 3,000 acre-feet of water and energy per year. "The project includes construction for expanding the existing facility. Annual water savings will be 390 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 19,500 acre-feet. Total project cost is $5,080,000 with a federal cost-share of $750,000,” the release said.
The Semitropic Water Storage District will install a 1.5-mile long intertie pipeline.
“The intertie pipeline will allow for the efficient conveyance of surface water supplies to spreading ground facilities located in Semitropic and the adjacent Shafter-Wasco Irrigation District,” the bureau said in the release. “Annual water savings will be 343 acre-feet per year; lifetime water savings will be 17,000 acre-feet. Total project cost is $1,850,000 with a federal cost-share of $750,000.”
The CALFED Bay-Delta Program is a collaboration among 25 state and federal agencies to improve California's water supply and the ecological health of the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, according to the state of California.