Sunday, April 24, 2016

Vacaville considers water pact with Icon Aircraft

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 goes before Vacaville City Council members Tuesday.

“City staff and Icon representatives have discussed potential deal points of such an agreement, but a formal agreement has not been negotiated and executed,” a staff report said.

The staff recommends City Manager Laura Kuhn be directed to complete negotiations.

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, the city staff report said.

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

City Council members meet at 6 p.m. in the council chamber at 650 Merchant St.

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