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Palo Alto Releases Water Allocation for Neighboring City

Palo Alto Releases Water Allocation for Neighboring City

The City Council has approved the permanent transfer of .5 million gallons per day of water to neighboring East Palo Alto to be used to help support that city’s economic development. Palo Alto uses far less than its permanently contracted entitlement of water from the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System – even under drought conditions – and doesn’t anticipate using its full entitlement in the future. With EPA’s low residential per-capita water use and insufficient supply of water available to provide affordable and other housing options, the Palo Alto City Council first discussed the idea of a water transfer in 2016. There are a number of public benefits that would come from the transfer including shared infrastructure such as the development of a jointly supported alternative design for the Newell Road Bridge; the extension of a water line for recycled water across the Friendship Bridge, and the restoration of an emergency water intertie between the two cities at Woodland Avenue.  Palo Alto is in a position to assist with EPA’s long-term water supply deficit because it has reduced its potable water consumption and is extremely unlike to rely on the full 17 mgd water allotment in the future. For more information, click here.

Last Updated: May 8, 2018