Working to create plans that address community water needs and protect water resources, RMC Water and Environment identifies water banking needs and tracks the transportation, recharging, and extraction of banked water.
Water banking is a system of water management in which the sources of water assign their rights to a clearing house that distributes the water under a leasing agreement. The purpose of a water bank is to maintain usage and control over a finite commodity by regulating the quantity and costs.
Agricultural customers that use a water bank could be advised to modify their use of water by implementing changes, such as choosing to plant crops that require less water, grazing their livestock in the fallow fields to naturally fertilize the land, and spot irrigating instead of continuous irrigating to reduce water waste.
RMC Water and Environment is working with the Upper Pressure and Canyon Sub-basins for Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) to implement a water banking program for the area’s needs.