Ripon currently relies entirely on groundwater for its everyday needs.
But that may soon change.
City Council recently agreed to hire Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group for the purpose of pursuing grant funding for the City of Ripon’s Surface Water Supply Project.
The cost for the engineering consultant firm in Salida is to not exceed $24,780 while exploring the possibility of connecting to the South San Joaquin Irrigation District resources.
SSJID South County Water Supply Program, in this case, could supplement the City’s groundwater supply with treated surface water.
“This would extend the life of existing groundwater supply wells and provide ‘in-lieu’ groundwater recharge,” said Associate Engineer Elizabeth Quilici in her March 13 staff report.
She noted that city staff had previously prepared and submitted numerous grant applications in an attempt – with no success – to receive funding to construct pipeline to connect Ripon’s water system to that of SSJID.
Provost & Pritchard comes with experience in identifying, researching, and writing water grant for both government agencies and irrigation districts.
Quilici pointed out that Provost & Pritchard is quite familiar with the water system here, having just completed Ripon’s Urban Water Management Plan.
“They have also written grants that have been funded specifically for the Bureau of Reclamation Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Program which could be utilized for this project as well as other water grant programs,” she added.