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2021 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

Legislation and


Permanent Agricultural Water Rate Program Supports Growers

In September 2020, the Water Authority’s Board of Directors approved a new Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate structure that offers lower water rates to farmers in exchange for lower water supply reliability.

Unlike the previous “transitional” program for farmers, the new program allows new participants to join as a way to strengthen the region’s multibillion-dollar agriculture industry. The program took effect January 1, 2021, replacing the transitional program that ended December 31.

Under the permanent program in 2021, participants pay $1,295 per acre-foot for treated water, while municipal and industrial users pay $1,769 per acre-foot. San Diego County is among the most productive ag counties in the nation, boasting top crops in nursery, avocados, tomatoes, citrus, poultry, and strawberries.

“ This unique program will benefit all regional water users and the county’s robust agricultural economy. It helps farmers sustain their operations – and thousands of jobs – while favoring residential and commercial water customers in the event of future water supply reductions. ”
Jim Madaffer
Board Chair (2018-2020)
Water Authority