The Turlock Irrigation Board of Directors are holding three public workshops to discuss the Domestic Water Project and allow citizens to contribute their thoughts or concerns.
The meetings are held to allow the public to comment on whether TID should build a water treatment facility and sell some of its water supply from the Tuolumne River to the cities of Turlock, Ceres, and south Modesto.
With the treatment plant costing approximately $150 million, the project, which would help reduce the cities’ reliance on groundwater and wells, was first discussed in 1987.
In 2011, the Cities of Turlock, Ceres, and Modesto formed the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority and began negotiations with TID.
Recently, those negotiations have become increasingly more controversial as TID has asked that the City of Turlock replace some of the river water supply with treated water from the City’s sewage plant. Members of the Del Puerto Water District have argued that they should receive water from City of Turlock for their drought-stricken district.
For those who cannot make the meetings, comments can be sent to Tami Wallenberg at email@example.com or TID, P.O. Box 949, Turlock, CA 95381-0949.
In addition to the public workshop, during Tuesday morning’s meeting, the TID Board of Directors is also expected to:
- Receive the weekly electric service division report, power report, water report, and irrigation updates.
- Receive the Don Pedro Board of Control report.
- In a closed session, hold a conference with legal counsel.
The TID Board of Directors will hold the public workshops at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, and 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Board Room of the TID Main Office Building, 333 E. Canal Dr.