BELLA VISTA, Calif. - Bella Vista Water District General Manager, David Coxey found out last week they would be receiving 100 percent of water requested. However, that's not the case for every district, and Bella Vista Water District is stuck paying for it.
Coxey said he's not surprised they were granted the amount they requested because of the high levels of rainfall this year, but is frustrated the district is still under a 33 percent conservation mandate.
Every year, the Bella Vista Water District has to request a certain amount of water, and Coxey said they will be receiving 24,578 acre feet, which is 100 percent of what they asked for.
However, Coxey said the allocation was supposed to be made last month. He believes it's because the Bureau of Reclamation was busy with flood control across the state.
Some areas south of them only received 65 percent of what they asked for, which means higher rates for Bella Vista Water District.
"That has indirect impacts to Bella Vista and other water service contracts in that it shifts that financial responsibility to them," Coxey said.
He added the State Water Resources Control Board Emergency Regulation and Governor Declared Drought Emergency has maintained water restrictions on the district because of their emergency regulation.
"That regulation was expected to expire, and instead the state board has extended that until May, and so technically, despite the abundance of water supply availability, we have a 33 percent conservation mandate presently," Coxey said.
He added they still have to conserve, even though they've been stringently following conservation guidelines during drought years.
"Bella Vista often throughout the drought exceeded 50 percent conservation, and certainly suffered and sacrificed to achieve those objectives. It's disappointing that those requirements have not been suspended or terminated as of this time," Coxey said.
Coxey added that Bella Vista Water District and City of Shasta Lake are both almost solely dependent on the Central Valley Project for their water resources.
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