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Drought: Sacramento Region Receives Millions In Grants

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The California Department of Water Resources has awarded more than $14 million in grants for drought-related and water-related projects in the Sacramento region.

The announcement was made at the Sacramento River intake facility on Jibboom Street.

Gary Bardini with the Department of Water Resources says the grants will help the state achieve goals set in the California Water action plan.

"A lot of that improvement hinged on water reliability --and within that drought management, conservation, strengthening regional water management like we're here today, and, of course, storage."

The money will help fund nineteen conservation, pump station, pipe, intertie, and well-improvement projects in Placer, Yolo and Sacramento counties.

The most expensive projects are a new pipeline connecting the Carmichael Water District to the Golden State Water Company and a new pipeline for the El Dorado Irrigation District.

John Woodling of the Regional Water Authority said the water projects will help eliminate waste and increase access.

"A pipeline that will go under the American River will allow water that's treated by the Carmichael Water District, on the north side of the river, to be used on the south side of the river in Folsom and Rancho Cordova during times of drought. "

The projects including a canal repair in Yolo County, upgraded wells in Sacramento County, and new pump stations in the City of Roseville.

Two hundred million dollars in grants were allocated statewide.

The money comes from voter-approved Proposition 84.

Some of the money will go to conservation incentives.

In recent months, Sacramento and Roseville have used 20 percent less water compared to last year. That's double the average conservation rate for the state.