The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved an extension allowing the San Diego County Water Authority to obtain an agreement to move IID-conserved water to the coast.
The extension is for six months, though a one-year extension was requested.
The water transfer agreement between the IID and San Diego calls for San Diego to obtain a 45-year wheeling arrangement, but an agreement between San Diego and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is only for 30 years.
Maureen Stapleton, general manager for the San Diego County Water Authority, told the IID board she was confident that given the additional time the issue can be resolved.
IID Division 4 Director Stella Mendoza said the county water authority had had enough time to secure the required agreement, and she moved that the extension be denied. A split vote went against Mendoza, with Division 5 Director Rudy Maldonado supporting her. Directors Lloyd Allen, Andy Horne and Bruce Kuhn voted against the motion.