February 21, 2024
Farmland within the Rainbow space. Photograph courtesy Rainbow Municipal Water District

The San Diego County Water Authority introduced Thursday it has agreed to drop all litigation and permit the agricultural Rainbow and Fallbrook districts to depart the nation system in trade for a direct $25 million fee.

The 2 agricultural districts are looking for lower-cost water from the Japanese Municipal Water District in Riverside on the danger of a less-reliable provide. The Riverside district depends on the Colorado River and has not invested in desalination and water recycling as has occurred in San Diego.

Voters within the two districts overwhelmingly authorised “detachment” in a particular election in November.

The water authority stated the settlement avoids costly litigation whereas minimizing the affect on San Diego County’s 3.3 million residents.

“Whereas the vast majority of SDCWA’s remaining 22-district membership stays against detachment, they agree that this settlement makes the most effective of a nasty scenario,” stated Mel Katz, chairman of the water authority board.

He stated the 2 districts are required to pay all prices, above the quantity ordered by the Native Company Formation Fee, along with its whole exit price up entrance, so there can be no fast affect on water charges.

The 2 districts additionally agreed to pay all prices associated to the decommissioning of water authority amenities that won’t be used and maintain the water authority innocent towards any future claims.

Detachments can be much less seemingly sooner or later as a result of Meeting Invoice 399, which takes impact in January, requires a vote by a whole water area, not simply particular person districts.