Eyeing the Long Term, Adelanto Buys Water Rights

According to the Victorville Daily Press, August 27, 2018, the Adelanto City Council authorized buying 816 total acre-feet of water rights, casting the purchase as a shrewd move to both save money long term and accommodate expected future growth. The Adelanto Public Utility Authority’s deal for groundwater rights from the Alto Subarea of the Mojave Basin Area for nearly $4 million is expected to spare the city $312,000 this fiscal year, break even by 2027-28 and then result in savings after that, according to city finance consultant Lily Fang. City officials characterized the purchase as a means to avoid paying other water purveyors and to secure finite water rights that are quickly being snatched up by other agencies, to the tune of $50 million in acquisitions over the last decade. Mayor Rich Kerr, eyeing 50,000 people as a population target, rattled off recent economic figures he said supported the acquisition, including 411 brand new homes either built or underway in the city and 1,700 new jobs added since 2014.

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