The board of the Turlock Irrigation District will talk in closed session Tuesday about two major water projects in the offing.
One is a proposed treatment plant for some of the Tuolumne River water that TID now sells to farmers. It would go to residents of Turlock, Ceres and south Modesto, reducing their reliance on wells.
The board will confer with General Manager Casey Hashimoto on the possible price for the water and other terms.
The treatment plant has been discussed off and on since the 1980s, at times involving a few other communities within TID boundaries. The current project has gained some urgency with concerns about groundwater levels and strict health standards for wells.
The other project to be discussed Tuesday is related: using cleansed water from sewage treatment for irrigation. TID has indicated that it would like some of Turlock’s recycled water in dry years to make up for its reduced use of the river supply.
Turlock and Modesto already were planning to sell recycled water to farmers in the Del Puerto Water District, along Interstate 5 between Tracy and Santa Nella.
Del Puerto has had drastic cutbacks in its federal supply because of drought and fish protections in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. It has objected to TID’s interest in Turlock’s wastewater.
Action taken during the closed session would be reported after it ends.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the TID office, 333 E. Canal Drive, Turlock. The closed session will follow the open part of the meeting.
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