Delta in Crisis
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a large maze of levees, islands and farmland, is the hub of the State Water Project, which distributes the normally plentiful Northern California snow melt to other areas of the state, including Southern California, through the California Aqueduct. In recent years, the Delta has been experiencing distress due to drought, crumbling levees, increasing ocean salinity, and crashing of certain fish populations.
What This Means
Monte Vista Water District depends on the State Water Project for a portion of its water supply. Deliveries from the Delta are currently being cut back due to drought, legal issues involving the Endangered Species Act, and the fragile condition of the Delta. In addition, climate change, a growing population, aging infrastructure and water quality issues will eventually add additional stress onto state, regional, and local water systems.
What the Monte Vista Water District is Doing
Over the past 15 years, Monte Vista Water District has installed eight new groundwater wells to increase our reliance on local groundwater. Several of the new wells are capable of injecting highly treated water into the ground for storage, creating our own underground reservoir to use during dry periods like this one.
The District is also making recycled water available for use on certain large landscapes in our service area. By using this local, drought-proof water supply for non-potable uses, we will have more potable drinking water available for our customers. Finally, the District has invested in local supplies by purchasing shares in the San Antonio Water Company, further reducing our reliance on imported water.
What You Can Do
Monte Vista Water District's Watch the Water campaign encourages customers to voluntarily increase their water use efficiency, while following the required Best Practices for wise water usage.
Check out our Water Saving Tips for techniques to save water both indoors and outdoors, recommended watering schedules for outdoor landscaping, rebate programs for water-saving devices, and upcoming water wise gardening classes and events. Monte Vista Water District believes that we can Watch the Water together to ensure a plentiful supply of water now and in the future!