SACRAMENTO — A Sacramento Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit seeking to validate the prices charged by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to move, or wheel, water owned by other agencies through MWD's system.
The dismissal came at the request of MWD, and was handed down by the court last month.
MWD General Counsel Roderick Walston said MWD moved for dismissal because the case was moot, in that MWD has rescinded the wheeling rates that were in effect at the time the lawsuit was filed. He added MWD is developing new wheeling rates that should be adopted early next year.
Until then, Walston said MWD is setting the price for moving water through its system on a case-by-case basis.
Locally, Imperial Irrigation District officials expressed cautious relief that the matter has come to a close.
IID board President Andy Horne said for the immediate term the IID will get out from under the costs associated with the lawsuit.