Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project
The Cadiz Water Project is a water supply project that will actively manage the groundwater basin underlying a portion of the Cadiz and Fenner Valleys in California’s Mojave Desert, conserve renewable native groundwater that would otherwise be lost to evaporation, and create a new reliable water supply for Southern California.
The Project will be implemented in two phases:
The first phase would capture approximately 50,000 acre-feet (1acre-foot = 326,000 gallons, or approximately enough water to meet the annual needs of three suburban households) of groundwater per year from a wellfield on Cadiz Inc. private property and deliver it via a pipeline to the Colorado River Aqueduct, the main artery to the distribution system serving Southern California from Ventura to San Diego County.
A second phase of the Project would use the available capacity in the soils beneath the ground to store up to 1 million acre-feet of imported water in wet years so it can be used in dry years. This phase of the project will undergo additional environmental review and permitting process after the first phase is implemented.