Can bring us 500 million gallons of water in the summer months

I gave 4 seminars on the subject this week.  Attendance was excellent and several WSAC members and water department staff attended.  A result of these 4 seminars is that more information has been added to our knowledge about this opportunity.

Here is a summary: (Read the full proposal here

San Lorenzo River winter flows are providing abundant water that could be harvested and stored in Loch Lomond. 500 Million gallons of available water, for which the city already has permits that do not conflict with Fish and Game regulations. 500 million gallons offer insurance  against drought. In addition to drought security, the revenue which could be realized from the sale of 500 million gallons to Santa Cruz customers during summer is over $5 million dollars. The cost of harvesting, pumping, storing and treating the water is less than $500,000, so the water sale could generate $4.5 million free cash flow.

What is needed to capture and store this water is a new 36” pipeline from the Felton Diversion up E. Zayante Rd. to the back of the dam… a distance of approximately 8 miles, at a cost of approximately $16 million.  This construction could be completed in 1 season from May 1 -October 31st. if the project was fast-tracked.

The Water Supply Advisory Committee meets this week Wednesday, March 18 and Friday March 20, for several hours. Here is a link to the WSAC calendar: