Watsonville farmers can thank the California Department of Water Resources for delivering a check for $868,909 to the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. The majority of the money—$682,530—will be used to repay the City of Watsonville for fronting the funds needed to build a new wastewater recycling facility, completed last year. The money comes from bonds issued under Proposition 50, a water bond measure approved by voters in 2002. During the growing season, the new Watsonville plant will provide six million acre-feet of water to local farmers, relieving overdraft of the Pajaro Valley's groundwater supply. The remaining bond money will help pay for other water projects in the Pajaro Valley.
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