In return, Reclamation, which will design and build the facility, will make a total of 600,000 acre-feet
of water available to the three agencies through 2036.
To date, it has saved the community around 65,000 acre-feet
After a series of lawsuits, judgments and settlements, Los Angeles has had to leave about one- third of the aqueduct supply -- about 160,000 acre-feet
a year -- in the Owens Valley and Mono Lake.
But Naficy said there were no injunctions against the 41,000 acre-feet
of water because CLWA had argued in an earlier case that halting the transfer would disrupt supply for current residents.
The allotments make up more than half of the valley's annual supply - estimated at 148,000 acre-feet
this year, the agency said.
In 2007, Metropolitan will be allowed to create up to 200,000 acre-feet
of ICS water in Lake Mead; that water would come from a variety of programs being implemented in California to conserve Colorado River water.
From the aqueduct, the district is theoretically entitled to as much as 21,300 acre-feet
a year, but state officials said the average it can expect is about 70 percent of that.
The agency's combined water rights are limited to 75,000 acre-feet
per year, which ultimately serves an estimated 690,000 population; fiscal 2005 transmission system demand totaled 62,638 acre-feet
By May or June - depending on when Antelope Valley residents' water use rises with the arrival of warm weather - officials hope to pump underground 300 million to 500 million gallons: 1,000 to 1,500 acre-feet
or more, enough to supply 1,000 to 1,500 homes for a year.
An 80% percent allocation amounts to 3,301,465 acre-feet
, distributed among the 29 long-term SWP Contractors who serve more than 23 million Californians and about 750,000 acres of irrigated farmland.
The document predicts water demand by 2030 could spike to 138,300 acre-feet
per year as the Santa Clarita Valley's population jumps from 250,000 currently to more than 428,000.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Natomas shall sell, transfer and convey to ASUS, in perpetuity, water rights and entitlements to divert from the Sacramento River up to 5,000 acre-feet
of water per year.