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FPUD to answer questions about water cutback


Last updated 11/15/2007 at Noon

FALLBROOK — The Fallbrook Public Utility District (FPUD) will hold a public meeting to help the more than 600 growers in the Interruptible Agricultural Water Program understand, step-by-step, how the district will implement the 30-percent mandatory water cutback, beginning January 1. The meeting will be held Thursday, November 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Fallbrook High School, 2400 South Stage Coach Lane.

In addition to FPUD staff, speakers will include experts from the Farm Bureau, Mission Resources Conservation District and avocado farm advisor Dr. Gary Bender.

FPUD staff will also be on hand to answer specific questions relating to each customer’s individual water usage and allocation options. The district sent out postcards inviting each of the customers to the meeting.

The cutback applies to growers who have voluntarily entered into a contract with water wholesaler Metropolitan Water District to purchase discounted “surplus” water for their business. In exchange, they agree to be the first customers to be cut back, before any residential or business customers are cut back, in a drought or emergency water situation.

In the 13 years this program has been in place, this will be the first time growers will be ordered to cut water usage. The program has saved FPUD growers hundreds of thousands of dollars in that time.

For more information, contact Noelle Denke at (760) 728-1125, ext. 1127, or visit the district’s Web site at


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