By John Earl
Surf City Voice
The OCWD manages the Santa Ana River (groundwater) basin that provides over 70 percent of the water for central and northern Orange County.
For the past 19 months its board of directors has highballed the proposed project toward a contract with Poseidon that, so far, looks like a bad deal for ratepayers.
That deal would lock OCWD into buying 56,000 acre feet of desalinated water annually for the next 50 years, regardless of need.
And, at 3-10 times the price, it would replace an equal amount of water currently imported from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MET) to help keep the basin at safe levels.
But most of OCWD’s producers (the 19 member agencies who pump water from the basin) will end up paying for Poseidon’s water, whether they want it or not.
One of those producer agencies, the Irvine Ranch Water District, thinks that would be unfair. Continue reading Poseidon’s Reliability Promise: Pay More For the Same