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Mailing Address:

City of Bakersfield
Water Resources Department
1000 Buena Vista Road
Bakersfield, CA 93311

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday except Holidays

Phone: 661 326-3715
FAX: 661 852-2127

E-mail:
water@bakersfieldcity.us

 

Water Resources Department

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The Water Resources Department oversees the divisions of Agricultural Water and Domestic Water. The Department delivers and conserves water for the benefit of all current and future citizens of Bakersfield. We provide for the regulation, distribution, water banking and record keeping operations on the Kern River. The Department is also involved with local flood control management and administers water sale contracts to agricultural districts and local water agencies. The Domestic water division oversees and administers the Ashe, Riverlakes and Fairhaven domestic water systems that provide drinking water to over 130,000 residents and local businesses in Bakersfield.

Anyone who has lived in California knows that water is a precious commodity that has been a source of rivalry between northern and southern California since the early Gold Rush days. Bakersfield is located in south-central California with a "liquid" gold mine of it's own -- called the Kern River. Water Resources DepartmentDating back to the 1860's, the Kern County Land Company (and later Tenneco West, Inc.) established water rights through continuous and beneficial use of the Kern River water.

In the November 1976 general election, City residents approved water Measure "B" which authorized the purchase of over $18 million in water rights, facilities and river properties formerly held by Tenneco. Today, as an enterprise operation, the Water Resources Department of the City of Bakersfield is funded entirely through rates charged for water and services.

Bellevue-Weir AreaIsabella Reservoir on the Kern River was completed in April 1953 with a capacity of 570,000 acre-feet. A major flood control and recreational facility, it is located approximately 40 miles northeast of the City of Bakersfield and is operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.