Sacramento – Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) secured $4 million in the State Budget for the Friant-Kern Canal Pump-Back Facility Project, which will benefit valley residents and improve the state’s water infrastructure to deliver water throughout the system.
“Completion of this project will bring stability and flexibility to California’s water system at a critical time when our local municipalities and farmers are striving to meet the state’s groundwater management goals,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The upgraded facility will further reduce water conveyance losses and improve the flexibility of operations within the Friant Division.” This funding will be used to install permanent pump-back facilities with higher capacities along the southern segment of the Friant-Kern Canal bringing more water to the Central Valley. Currently, the Friant-Kern Canal has limited pump-back operational capacity, which is used occasionally to deliver water north from the Cross Valley Canal or water extracted from water banks on the Kern River. Getting these funds is the result of a multi-year effort by Assemblyman Salas and the South Valley Water Association to secure funding for conveyance projects in the Central Valley. Listen to Assemblymember Salas in this Assembly Access video for more details.