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District OKs sale of water

The Nevada Irrigation District board of directors declared Wednesday that surplus water will be available this year to sell outside the district.



Surplus water is sold only after it is determined that needs within the district will be met, NID officials said.




The primary purchaser is the South Sutter Water District, which takes water that flows through NID’s hydroelectric system to lower elevations. It is water NID buys from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for a maximum of $8 per acre-foot and sells for $18 per acre-foot.

Officials said that in surplus water years, NID sells about 26,000 acre-feet of water to South Sutter and various small buyers, earning about $250,000 on the sales.

Director Ernie Bierwagen pointed out that the water being sold is at the end of NID’s gravity-fed system and would not otherwise be available for use in the district’s water service areas.

An acre foot is a square acre covered with 1 foot of water.

– Tim Omarzu


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