Water conservation

City Council discusses Clovis water supply and future projections

Photo courtesy of the City of Clovis

Clovis City Council passed a resolution regarding updating the City’s 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) and Water Shortage Emergency Plan (WSCP) at its meeting on 12 July.

In 2009, the UWMP and the Water Conservation Acts were enacted by California to maintain efficient use of the water supply to promote conservation programs, make water available for beneficial future use, and provide a response mechanism in case of water drought.

According to Paul Armendariz, deputy director of utilities at Clovis, the UWMP assesses long-term water use and supply over 20 years. The plan will last until 2040, with mandatory updates every five years.

“What UWMP is doing is showing that we have this water supply to serve the growth that is projected over that 20 year horizon,” Armendariz said. “It doesn’t stop there. We continue to plan beyond that, [and] to serve our general plan.

Deputy Director of Utilities Paul Armendariz presents Clovis’s current and projected water supplies and sources through 2040 at the Clovis City Council meeting on July 12. (Courtesy of YouTube)

Clovis serves 24,828 acre-feet of water per year – an acre-foot is the size of a football field and about 326,000 gallons of water. Water is supplied to Clovis and the population of the Tarpey Village area, more than 122,000 inhabitants.

Armendariz predicts that by 2040 the combined water use will total 34,798 acre-feet and the combined population will reach 178,109 due to Clovis’ growth rate of 1.9% per year.

” We are growing [and] demand will also increase. This plan foresees this growth in 20 years, [and] to serve water to our residents as the city continues to grow, ”Armendariz said. “We have a very good water supply.

Clovis receives its water from three main sources, surface water (mainly from the Kings River), groundwater (through the Kings wells and sub-basin) and recycled water (Clovis Water Reuse Facility) ). The City has also entered into banking agreements with the Fresno Irrigation District, Waldron Pond and Jameson-Boswell.

The cheapest water source for the City is groundwater at $ 150 to $ 160 per acre-foot, with surface water through the City’s plant at $ 200 per acre. -foot, and the cost of purchasing water from bank sources is about $ 250.

Additionally, the goal of the WSCP is to address actions the City can use to address water supply shortages, including a more than 50% reduction in water supply.

The WSCP 2020 requirements have six scarcity levels of up to 10%, 10% to 20%, 20% to 30%, 30% to 40%, 40% to 50%, and over 50%.

Armendariz said Clovis has a robust system regarding its water supply, so the city is more likely to reach scarcity levels due to an issue with a factory or a conservation plan mandated by the governor.

“We have a robust system when it comes to the water supply. We have our groundwater, our surface water, [and] banking agreements on water, ”Armendariz said. “We are in a good position.

Currently, California is in the throes of drought again, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring a drought emergency in 41 counties, including Fresno County, May 10.

In addition, to a July 11 press conference, nine more counties were added to the drought emergency, bringing the total number of counties to 50.

Newsom has not yet implemented the custody mandates since the announcement. However, he asked Californians to voluntarily limit their water consumption by 15% at the same conference.

Mayor Jose Flores said the last time Clovis experienced a shortage was because of the mitigation plan implemented by the governor, as opposed to the city’s lack of water.

Flores asked if it could happen again, with Armendariz saying it was a possibility.

Clovis conserves water itself primarily through waste water prevention ordinances, meters, water conservation programs, conservation prices and drought rates.

“We are doing our part to conserve water. Our residents have done a great job and we have been good stewards, ”said Armendariz.

Armendariz said the City still has work to do and will continue to have projects and plans including additional recharging, meters and more efficient operation of the City’s factories.

Once the resolution is passed, the City will submit the UWMP and WSCP to the Department of Water Resources within the next 30 days.

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