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A model ordinance for all counties should be drawn and promoted that addresses the
criteria for protection of high volume recharge and natural storage areas. Neither
should these areas be developed in any manner that will significantly restrict
their usefulness from a water resource standpoint. Developments in recharge
areas should provide storm water detention areas and other methods of reducing
runoff and thereby not decrease materially the amount of recharge. (See also
Planning Principles D, E, and M.)
J. Encourage interconnection of all appropriate water supply systems to maximize
the benefits of these sources.
The interconnection of water facilities will permit optimum utilization of the
region's resources in four major ways. First, surface and groundwater with-
drawals can be alternated to coincide with seasonal variations in runoff. Second,
secondary or alternate supplies will be available in the event of equipment failure
or other facility curtailments. Third, water resources will be conserved, and
replenished through the recharge of excess waters. Finally, efficiency can be
increased by enlarging the capacity to handle peak demands without expanding the
basic physical plant.
The interconnection of water supply systems to maximize the benefits of the sources
should be handled administratively through our review and inter-agency coordination
efforts. The District should encourage the interconnection of such systems when
the result will have definite benefit to the people and will promote better utiliza-
tion and/or protection of the resource.
K. Thermoelectric power plants should be encouraged to utilize non-potable
water resources for cooling purposes.