The Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority (MPRWA) is a Joint Power Authority (JPA) that consists of six peninsula cities, the Cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City and Seaside with the goal to find a solution to the Peninsula Water Shortage due to the over drafting of the Carmel River. Despite increased water conservation efforts, our community has unable to reach a consensus on a solution.
THE PROBLEM – In 2006, a court decision mandated reductions in pumping from the Seaside Aquifer and in 2009, the State issued Cease and Desist Order (CDO) imposing a deadline of January 1, 2017 to greatly reduce water withdrawals from the Carmel River. We now had to find an alternative water supply quickly, or face severe rationing.
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THE SOLUTION – There is not just one solution, but the Authority believes in a portfolio approach to adequate and cost effective water for the Peninsula while addressing public concerns about the transparency of the project development process and about the projected increased cost of water.
Over the last 18 months, the Authority has worked hard to address past failures and to find a viable solution, which is a portfolio approach to avoid placing all supply options in one basket. We have focused on consensus, transparency, adequate financing, and the importance of contingency planning. As a result, we strongly believe the community is the closest it has ever been to a achieving a water supply solution.