THE WATER AND ENERGY CONNECTION
Saving water also saves energy. 6.5% of the energy used in the state of
California is for pumping and treating water--in fact, pumping water
south (and uphill) in the State Water Project accounts for 2-3% of all
the electricity used in the state. And for your personal energy bill,
using less hot water saves on water heating. On the flip side, saving
energy and using alternative energy saves water--electricity production
from fossil fuels and nuclear energy is responsible for 39% of all
freshwater withdrawals in the nation.
In addition to the District’s groundwater production capabilities, the District purchases treated surface water from the Kern County Water Agency Improvement District No. 4. Raw water is treated at the Henry Garnett Water Purification Plant and is conveyed via a transmission pipeline to the northern part of the District. In the past, the District used to treat raw water (Friant water) delivered by the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District; however deliveries stopped in October 2003.
The sewer collection system consists of about 70 miles of sewer main ranging from 8-inches in diameter to 42-inches in diameter (sewer trunk line on Brundage Lane). The District has an agreement with the City of Bakersfield to treat all of its sewage at the City’s Subregional Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2
The District’s main office is currently located at 1417 Vale Street, Bakersfield, California, 93306, which is approximately 3 blocks north of Niles Street and 3 blocks east.
Regular Board meetings are held on the third Monday and forth Monday of each month at 5:30 pm at the District Office. If the date falls on a holiday, then the meeting will be held on the following business day.