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NID water sales

A recent campaign flyer to elect Nick Wilcox makes a statement that NID is missing out on as much as $5.44 million of income by not selling surplus water. This statement is pretty much questionable.

Occasionally, NID has water surplus over the request and needs from inside district customers. However, the existing canals, flumes, pipes have been sized for present and some future needs. They were not built to the size needed to accommodate large flows to say Southern California or large agricultural compounds. These folks truly need very large water flows to meet their customer’s requirements.

Much of NID water is channeled through electrical generating plants that provide electrical power. If large quantities of water were sold outside of the district, it would follow that a significant amount of electrical power would be abandoned with a resulting loss of dollar power sales.

NID has worked diligently to protect its water rights, but there have been many delays that originated from the State Water Division for whom Mr. Wilcox has worked. Due to the complexity of water rights, the state’s staff has avoided the completion of these requests from the NID board and staff for many years.

Jim Chatigny

Retired NID General Manager

Grass Valley

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