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CLWA OKs chloride analysis

Posted: February 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Castaic Lake Water Agency board voted Wednesday in favor of having consultants devise a model for calculating chloride content in water arriving here from Northern California.

The vote authorizes agency General Manager Dan Masnada to hire water experts Kennedy/Jenks Consultants to perform a detailed analysis of the chloride content in water delivered to the Santa Clarita Valley via the State Water Project.

Water-agency officials said this week that water arriving here from Northern California has not been as salty during the past couple of years as it had been previously, and therefore poses less of a problem to fix.

Now water officials expect experts to devise a spreadsheet to reflect that change.

Removing chloride — a naturally occurring salt — from the Santa Clarita Valley’s discharged water became a hotly debated topic last summer, when downstream Ventura County farmers said it was damaging to their crops.

SCV residents and businesses were told  that the cost of cleanup could be $500 million, and that they would have foot the bill.

The hope is that the Kennedy/Jenks model will convince state water-quality regulators to reset their clocks, so to speak, whenever they demand that facilities meet chloride-discharge standards.


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