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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Real Estate Rama News - Thompson Announces $730,000 Water Conservation Grant For Los Carneros Water District

Jun 22, 2015
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U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) today announced a $730,000 water conservation grant for Los Carneros Water District. The grant will go towards funding the water district’s Irrigation Efficiency Partnership Project. The funds are part of a $6.5 million Department of Interior grant package for more efficient management of California’s water.

“California is going though one of the longest and most severe droughts in our state’s history, and we need to be doing all we can to conserve water and make sure we’re using our scarce resources wisely,” said Thompson. “These funds will help users avoid waste and improve efficiently, and I’m proud to support them.”

“As an all-volunteer organization, the Water District is pleased to receive this grant from the Bureau of Reclamation. The grant includes both assistance from the Bureau to fund the installation of water use efficiency technology and bi-lingual training modules and assistance from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to assist the end users with on-site irrigation efficiency improvements,” said Board President John Stewart.

The Irrigation Efficiency Partnership Project will install technologically advanced metering, monitoring and reporting systems to accompany the construction of the district’s recycled water pipeline.

The project will build resilience to drought and support the efficient use of water by providing water users with near “real time” information on water consumption volume and rate.

Users will be able to detect inefficiencies and problems with the field irrigation systems and take immediate corrective actions. This project is expected to save 138 acre-feet of water over its 20-year lifespan.

Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.