In November the San Diego County Water Authority’s (SDCWA) Board of Directors approved a new and permanent agricultural water rate allowing new participants to join. The new agricultural water program rates will be decided in spring of 2020. The program will take effect January 1, 2021, replacing the current program that expires the end of 2020.
SDCWA has provided lower-cost water to growers in exchange for lower reliability since 2008 with their Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate (TSAWR), when Metropolitan Water District of Southern California began to phase out a similar program.
The new program was developed by the Water Authority’s Fiscal Sustainability Task Force, which is assessing a variety of issues to ensure the agency’s long-term financial health. Regional farming leaders provided input to the task force on the parameters of the new program.
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