In a letter Gerald Moore, president of the Imperial Irrigation District's (Imperial) Board of Directors, discussed the ongoing negotiations with the Metropolitan Water District on a water conservation agreement (Nov. 28). He stated that Metropolitan has been misleading the press and public on this matter. This is untrue.
Waste of water by Imperial continues to be an issue in both regulatory hearings and in court. In 1984, the State Water Resources Control Board concluded that Imperial's failure to implement additional water conservation measures constituted a misuse of water under the California Constitution. The board ordered Imperial to prepare a water conservation plan which was to include an implementation schedule and a financing arrangement.
Following a Court of Appeal ruling that the board had the authority to render and enforce its decision, the board held a hearing earlier this year on water conservation actions that Imperial has taken since 1984. Imperial continues to challenge the merits of the board's decision in Superior Court.
Concurrently in 1984, Imperial invited Metropolitan to negotiate the financing of a water conservation program. Metropolitan would use the water conserved. Technical reports prepared by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Imperial's engineering consultant, Parsons Water Resources, have indicated that 350,000 acre-feet could be conserved annually. This amount of water would serve the needs of 1.75 million people each year.