UC Davis announced Friday that it would exercise its option for water from the Davis-Woodland surface water project.
The campus will receive about 6 percent of the project’s water and will pay $20 million toward the project and pipelines — reducing the cost to the city of Davis by $11 million and to the city of Woodland by $1.2 million.
“The advantages to the campus are clear, including improved quality of water, less reliance on groundwater and an additional supply of water far into the future,” said Sid England, assistant vice chancellor for environmental stewardship and sustainability, in a news release. “A high-quality, reliable water supply will support campus teaching and research for many generations.”
Davis Mayor Dan Wolk said the city is pleased with the decision.
“Continued campus participation reinforces the strong ties between the university, Davis and the greater Yolo community and reduces facility costs for the other partners, particularly the city of Davis,” he said.
UCD has been part of the surface water project since the filing of a water rights application in 1994. In 2009, it transferred its water rights to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency with an option to receive treated water back under contract.
UCD, Davis, Woodland and Yolo County are jointly overseeing the project to divert and treat Sacramento River water to the cities and university, replacing well water. Construction is underway on the regional water treatment plant in Woodland. Work on pipelines to deliver treated water to Davis and the campus will begin next April. Water delivery is set to begin in September 2016.
The plant is designed to deliver about 30 million gallons of water per day, with 18 million allocated to Woodland and 12 million to Davis. UCD’s water will come from Davis’ share.
“This is great news,” said Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, a member of the water agency’s board of directors. “UC Davis’ leadership during the early planning phase of the surface water project helped make it the reality it is today. Their full participation further strengthens this important regional effort.”
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