Meeting To Be Held To Address 30 Percent Water Shortfall – Phelan and Pinon Hills Residents Urged To Attend Before Rationing Imp

Meeting To Be Held To Address 30 Percent Water Shortfall – Phelan and Pinon Hills Residents Urged To Attend Before Rationing Implementation

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(Best Syndication) Richard Hall, a Board member of the Mojave Water Agency and representative for the Phelan / Pinon Hills area, will speak at the next regular meeting of the Zone L Water Advisory Commission. The meeting will be held Wednesday September 12th at 7 p.m. at the Phelan Community Center.

The meeting is important because of a recent court decision which will affect the water supplied to the high desert and southern California. Last week Judge Oliver Wanger of the U.S. District Court in Fresno ruled water imports from the north must be cut up to 30 percent to protect the Sacramento delta smelt.

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Residents of the high desert have been paying two special assessments for decades to have water delivered via the California Aqueduct. One assessment was for the building of the aqueduct and the other was for the maintenance.

Although the money from these special assessments has been going to the Mojave Water Agency, the high desert has not benefited one bit from the aqueduct. The water has been used exclusively by resident down the hill in the inland empire and Los Angeles area.

To add insult to injury, local zones have been charged a fee to replenish the aquifer if water uses exceeded supply. There has been no recharging of the Oeste Aquifer under the high desert because the agency has not used the Aqueduct to replenish it.

This could change. Residents are urged to attend Wednesday’s Water Board meeting in Phelan. High desert residents have paid for water delivery from the aqueduct and have not received any benefit from it.

Water rationing and a tight water supply is expected for all southern California residents. If the high desert does not act quickly to stake a claim for some of the aqueduct water to replenish our aquifer, it may be too late. A precedent could be set and we may never be able to replenish the aquifer using water we have been paying for these last few decades.

Hall will deliver a presentation focusing on recharging the Oeste Aquifer with water from the California Aqueduct. Decisions and actions should be made quickly on this matter.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer



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