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Carmichael Water District, Yuba City Grants Over $10 Million to Improve Drought Resilience

For the past 20 years, water managers in the Sacramento Valley have been studying how to store water underground when rain and snow are abundant. This Sacramento-area reservoir also allows water providers to withdraw stored water during unusual droughts. Three months on, there is no doubt that 2022 will be one of those dry periods. On Monday, the Department of Water Resources announced new grant funding that will be used through the city of Yuba and in the Carmichael Water District. (Previous coverage of the reservoir in the video above.) The City of Yuba now relies primarily on the Feather River for water, while Carmichael gets most of its water supply from the American River. These new ASR wells will eventually allow both regions to use groundwater for their respective water budgets, leaving more surface water for environmental needs. The water supply is plentiful,” said James Pever, executive director of the District Water Authority. “When the conditions are drier, they will be able to dig it out of the ground. Each well has the potential to store an additional 2,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough to supply 4,000 homes. Wells take time to install and come online, so the benefits are long-term. In the meantime, Peifer encourages all Sacramento area residents to continue to be conscious “There may not be enough water in the state,” Pever said. “The environment could be very, very challenged this summer.” Pever specifically mentioned limiting lawn watering to help water managers extend current groundwater supplies as long as possible.

For the past 20 years, water managers in the Sacramento Valley have been studying how to store water underground when rain and snow are abundant. This Sacramento-area reservoir also allows water providers to withdraw stored water during unusual droughts.

Three months on, there is no doubt that 2022 will be one of those dry periods.

On Monday, the Department of Water Resources announced new grant funding that will be used to expand the reservoir by installing new aquifer storage and recovery wells in Yuba City and the Carmichael Water District.

(Previous Reservoir coverage in the video above.)

The city of Yuba now relies primarily on the Feather River for water, while Carmichael gets most of its water supply from the American River. These new ASR wells will eventually allow both regions to use groundwater for their respective water budgets, leaving more surface water for environmental needs.

“What this will allow them to do is divert the water, treat it and store it underground in the future when there is an ample supply of water,” said James Pever, executive director of the Regional Water Authority. “When the conditions are drier, they will To be able to get it out of the ground.”

Each well has the potential to store an additional 2,000 acre-feet of water per year, enough to supply 4,000 homes. Wells take time to install and come online, so the benefits are long-term.

In the meantime, Peifer encourages all Sacramento area residents to continue conscious water conservation.

“There may not be enough water in the state,” Pever said. “The environment could be very, very challenging this summer.”

Peifer specifically mentioned limiting lawn watering to help water managers prolong current groundwater supplies as long as possible.

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