Simi Valley City Council hears presentation on an alternative water source

By Debra Tash

At their December 7th, 2015 meeting the Simi Valley City Council heard a presentation by Scott Slater, CEO of Cadiz, Inc. regarding the Cadiz Water Project.

Cadiz, Inc. owns 70 square miles out in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County.  Nine thousand six hundred of those acres are farmed.  Some of those crops include “lemons and certified-organic dried-on-the-vine raisins.  Seasonal produce with a variety of vegetables and fruits such as squash, melons, peppers, asparagus, and more.” Cadiz

They are proposing an alternative source of water for Southern California.  Much like in Simi Valley many of the ratepayers in SoCal have seen their utility bills go up even though they have conserved water during the drought.

Out in the desert there are dry lakes.  Water lies four feet under their dusty surfaces.  That water begins its journey as mountain snowpack.  Melting and sinking billions of gallons of native groundwater will travel below the surface for long periods of time.  When it arrives at the dry lake beds it is just under four feet from the surface.  The water becomes containment with salt and eventually evaporates.

Cadiz proposes drilling a wellfield to capture this water.  It would then treat it and send it through a re-purposed gas and oil pipe that the company purchased and plans to connect into the Colorado River Aqueduct which is 43 miles away from their property.  They believe they can recover up to 50,000 acre feet a year.  An acre foot is an acre of water one foot deep.

Cadiz has already invested 15 million dollars testing the groundwater and preparing an Environmental Impact Report.   Forming public-private partnerships they have already signed contracts for some of the water and have Letters of Intent from several agencies serving desert communities and Los Angeles.  They would like to serve Ventura County as well.

The second phase of the project would be to offer underground storage capacity for imported water.  They believe they can hold up to a million acre feet.

The company has been sued nine times over their proposal.  They will soon be finishing their CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) appeals.   After finalizing the design, and securing construction funding, they hope to start building in 2016.

Simi Council members expressed interest in purchasing water through Golden State or Cal Water.

Simi Valley: Staff_Report



Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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mike dunn

This is a scam. The BLM ruled in October 15 that Cadiz cannot build the pipeline tothe Colorado aqueduct. And rightly so. Cadiz wants to pump the aquifer dry thus eliminating all the springs withing 40 miles of their wells. 2 inches of rain a year is not enough to refill theaquifer.

mike dunn

I know Cadiz. There is not water in quanity described. Proof is the vegetation. This is a scam. Get a hydrology report. Or visit the site
and check the diameter of the casing. If that kind of water existed,
Palm Springs or 29 Palms would have developed the source 75 years ago.

William "Bill" Hicks

There’s lots of possibilities that haven’t been considered by our brightest and best in Sacramento. It’s like they don’t want alternatives to their laps of responsibility for the last few decades.