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Countywide : Drought Relief Act Approved by House

An emergency relief act that could provide $30 million to help drought-stricken water agencies, including those in Ventura County, has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The measure, co-authored by Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura), would allow cities to use federal reservoirs and pipelines to transport water to residents.

The bill also provides for federal participation in a newly created state water bank, permitting the sale of water from areas with a surplus to areas experiencing drought.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

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