The Kern County Water Agency (Agency) was created in 1961 by a special act of the California State Legislature and serves as the local contracting entity for the State Water Project. The Agency participates in a wide scope of water management activities, including water quality, flood control and groundwater operations to preserve and enhance Kern County's water supply—the main ingredient for the well-being of an economy.
Over the years, the Agency has experienced extreme variations in water supply on both local and statewide fronts due to drought conditions, increasing environmental regulations in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and ever-expanding demands on the state's water system. Making the best possible use of existing water supplies and protecting these supplies from external threats have become increasingly important. The Agency will continue to face these challenges by developing unique solutions and striving for excellence in technical, administrative, policy-making and financial arenas.
Kern County Water Agency (Agency) Formed
Water Supply Contract with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Executed
First Water from California Aqueduct Comes to Kern County
Improvement District No. 4 Created
Cross Valley Canal Constructed
Agency Water Purification Plant Completed
Monterey Amendment Signed (Implemented in 1995)
Kern Water Bank Acquired by Agency from DWR then Transferred to the Kern Water Bank Authority
Pioneer Project Formally Established
Treated Water Capacity Expansion Project Completed
Cross Valley Canal Expansion Project Completed
The Kern County Water Agency is governed by a seven-person, voter-elected Board of Directors serving four-year terms. Monthly regular Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday in January-October at 12:00 p.m. (open session starts at 1:00 p.m.), and on the Wednesday before the third Thursday in November-December. Special Board meetings and ad hoc committee meetings are called on an as-needed basis. Board meeting agendas are posted on an enclosed bulletin board on the street outside of the Agency’s Stuart T. Pyle Water Resources Center located at 3200 Rio Mirada Drive, Bakersfield, California, 93308; and agendas are also posted to the Agency’s website at: www.kcwa.com.
Division 1 - Ted R. Page
Division 2 - Bruce Hafenfeld
Division 3 - Martin Milobar
Division 4 - Michael Radon
Division 5 - Charles (Bill) W. Wulff, Jr.
Division 6 - Royce Fast
Division 7 - Gene A. Lundquist
The Kern County Water Agency (Agency) has long-term contracts with 13 local water districts, called Basic Contract Member Units, and Improvement District No. 4 for State Water Project (SWP) water. Since 1968, the Basic Contract Member Units have received over 33 million acre-feet of SWP water.