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Agency Overview


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Agency Overview


THe agency is committed to the health and well-being of kern county citizens.

Who are we?

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. 


...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.

What We've Achieved

1961   
Kern County Water Agency (Agency) Formed

1963   
Water Supply Contract with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Executed

1968   
First Water from California Aqueduct Comes to Kern County

1971   
Improvement District No. 4 Created

1975   
Cross Valley Canal Constructed

1977   
Agency Water Purification Plant Completed

1994
Monterey Amendment Signed (Implemented in 1995)

1995
Kern Water Bank Acquired by Agency from DWR then Transferred to the Kern Water Bank Authority

1998   
Pioneer Project Formally Established

2011   
Treated Water Capacity Expansion Project Completed

2012   
Cross Valley Canal Expansion Project Completed

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Directors


Directors


How is the Agency Governed?

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

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Basic contract Member Units


Basic contract Member Units


The Agency's Basic Contract member units

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. 


  • Belridge Water Storage District
  • Berrenda Mesa Water District
  • Buena Vista Water Storage District
  • Cawelo Water District
  • Henry Miller Water District
  • Kern Delta Water District
  • Lost Hills Water District
  • Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District
  • Semitropic Water Storage District
  • Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District
  • Tejon-Castac Water District
  • West Kern Water District
  • Wheeler Ridge-Maricopa Water Storage District