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More Water Coming To San Diego

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Aired 4/30/09

The San Diego County Water Authority, state and federal water agencies will celebrate the lining of the All-American Canal in Imperial County this Thursday morning. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the project is intended to boost San Diego water supplies.

The San Diego County Water Authority, state and federal water agencies will celebrate the lining of the All-American Canal in Imperial County this Thursday morning. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce says the project is intended to boost San Diego water supplies.

After more than a year of construction, a 23-mile long section of the canal is now lined with concrete.

The lining is designed to conserve water that was lost to seepage in the past.

The water authority funded most of the project in exchange for the rights to the water saved by the lining.

Ken Weinberg is the authority's director of water resources.

He says the water provides a vitally needed, reliable supply at a time when regulatory restrictions and drought are limiting other sources.

"This supply is coming on line when we need it most which is during a drought when we're in shortage allocation," Weinberg said. "So we're going to have about 77,000 acre feet of supply between the All-American Canal Lining and the previous Coachella Canal lining."

Weinberg says together the linings of both canals saves enough water to supply 112,000 homes each year.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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