Kings Basin Water Authority Prop 84 Round 2 IRWM Implementation Grant

On March 28, 2013, the Kings Basin Water Authority (KBWA) submitted a grant application seeking Prop 84 IRWM Round 2 Implementation Grant Program funding to complete five (5) priority projects identified by the Kings Basin IRWMP. The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) awarded the region $8,734,000 in grant funding to offset a combined project cost of $11,105,913.  The grant agreement between KBWA and California Department of Water Resources was executed in July 2014.  Work under the agreement concluded on June 30, 2018.

Project Descriptions

PROJECT 1:  Fresno Irrigation District | Southwest Groundwater Banking Project (COMPLETED)

“Fresno Irrigation District and project partner James Irrigation District completed construction of a new 100 acre groundwater banking facility and increased conveyance capacity along the downstream portion of Lower Dry Creek Canal in late April 2018.  This project will help address groundwater overdraft in an area that is west of Raisin City and about six miles south of the City of Kerman by banking unused Kings River floodwater. This area does not have surface water supplies and relies exclusively on groundwater to meet agricultural demands.

The Southwest Groundwater Banking facility will recharge an estimated average of 7,500 acre feet per year (AFY) and provide approximately 270 AF of flood water surface storage in the Kings Basin.  Recharged groundwater will be pumped using James Irrigation District’s existing wells.”



PROJECT 2:  Laguna Irrigation District | Recharge Basin 11 (COMPLETED)

“The Laguna Irrigation District completed construction of a 52-acre groundwater recharge basin in south Fresno County in early April 2016. The groundwater banking facility will capture and recharge an estimated average of 2,650 acre-feet of Kings River floodwaters per year.  As part of the project, the conveyance capacity of Liberty Canal was improved to accommodate the amount of water to be delivered to the site. Canal improvements included construction of a turnout and check structure and flow meters.”



PROJECT 3:  Bakman Water Company | Water Supply Reliability and Conservation Project (COMPLETED)

“Bakman Water Company serves a primarily Disadvantaged Community; the Water Supply Reliability and Conservation Project improved water quality and increased water conservation. Project components included installing wellhead treatment for the pesticide DBCP to address nitrate levels in Well 8, as well as installing approximately 2,400 automatic water meters. Overall, project benefits include reduced water consumption related to implementation of metered water rates and providing a safe and reliable drinking water supply to Bakman Water Company’s service area.”



PROJECT 4:  City of San Joaquin | Water Supply Reliability and Conservation Project (COMPLETED)

“The City of San Joaquin’s Water Supply Reliability and Conservation Project rehabilitated an existing well that serves a Disadvantaged Community to provide improved water quality and adequate water pressure to meet fire flow requirements, and installed approximately 640 water meters to promote groundwater conservation. All project construction concluded in late November 2016. The City has already seen a 6% reduction on the water consumption for September through November 20117 compared to 2016.”



PROJECT 5:  City of Kerman | Residential Water Meter Project (COMPLETED)

“City of Kerman’s Residential Water Meter Project installed approximately 665 residential water meters. The City anticipates a water savings of 5-15% versus prior years as a result of the project.”