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How much water could TID conserve with Project Nexus?

December 1, 2023

The amount of evaporation savings that TID will see as a result of Project Nexus is unknown currently, however, it is one of the central points of study to be completed by the UC system. In addition to water conservation, potential improvements to water quality through reduced vegetative growth is of significant interest to TID. Although the amount of water TID might conserve is unknown, the UC study illustrated that covering all of the approximately 4,000 miles of California canals could show a savings of 63 billion gallons of water annually, comparable to the amount needed to irrigate 50,000 acres of farmland or meet the residential water needs of more than 2 million people.

It is expected that an overall analysis of water savings, land use savings, maintenance cost savings, renewable electricity generation, and corresponding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will provide Project Nexus partners a holistic look at the compounding advantages resulting from solar over canal deployments.