Davis to drink West Sac water?


The City of Davis is looking for a new source of drinking water to replace its problematic use of ground water. Options include forming a partnership with Woodland to build a new plant to process water from the Sacramento River or becoming a water customer of West Sacramento.

  A Davis city advisory committee last week recommended continuing along the road to a Woodland-Davis water project while negotiating with West Sacramento to try to lower the proposed $142 million tab of that option.

Davis is looking for a better price from West Sacramento on 12 million gallons of water a day for 30 years, with an option to renew.

Davis has estimated the cost of a partnership with Woodland at $163 million – a projection that calls for bigger residential and commercial water bills.

West Sacramento city officials have told the News-Ledger that the local treatment plant at Bryte Bend now has the capacity to fill the order from Davis, and the resulting cash flow could be used to finance future expansion of the plant.

Davis officials expect to make a final decision by October, after a further round of talks with West Sacramento.

(Editor’s note: After receiving their committee’s recommendation, the Davis City Council this week opted to continue exploring both the Woodland and West Sacramento options, while looking to reduce costs).

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