Thursday, April 28, 2016

Council gives OK for Icon Aircraft water pact

VACAVILLE — A water purchase agreement between the city and Icon Aircraft for supplies to fill a man-made lake allowing the manufacturer to test aquatic takeoff and landing of its Light Sport Aircraft won Vacaville City Council approval Tuesday.

Council members did not comment on the pact.

City Manager Laura Kuhn will complete negotiations for the agreement. Cost of the water has not yet been determined.

Untreated surface water from Lake Berryessa would be used, with delivery from the Putah South Canal less than 1,000 feet from the lake, a city staff report said.

Using the city’s treated drinking water system would be costly and contrary to Vacaville’s conservation goals, the report said.

The lake, which will have a capacity of about 75 acre-feet, is proposed to be initially filled and periodically replenished with Lake Berryessa water.

An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, or the amount of water needed to cover one acre with water a foot deep. This is enough water to serve two California families for a year, according to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

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