Recharge Feasibility & WSIP Funding Analyses for the High Desert Groundwater Bank

Our modeling analysis determined that recharge capacity was sufficient to make the Bank a financially viable business venture.

Overview

M&A has been integral in the development of the High Desert Groundwater Bank for AVEK, which aims to improve water supply reliability for its customers. An additional goal is to establish a business venture that will generate revenues and offset costs to AVEK’s customers.

Services

M&A provided a range of services for this project during conceptual design including conducting a recharge feasibility assessment, evaluating funding options, and evaluating the effects of a pilot recharge project. In 2019, we teamed with an engineering design firm and were selected to design the full-scale water bank. We are currently leading the hydrogeologic elements of the project. Our services have included:

    • Evaluating the efficacy of obtaining funding under California’s Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP)
    • Preparing a proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for a WaterSMART grant to support additional hydrogeologic investigations to improve confidence in Bank performance
    • Developing a field exploration program to address data gaps
    • Charactering vadose zone lithologic and hydraulic conditions in coordination with the geotechnical investigation
    • Developing a groundwater model to estimate the recharge and recovery capacity of the Bank
    • Developing technical specifications for the construction of a deep monitor well, vadose zone piezometer, and four pilot recovery wells