Water for Woodland, Davis and UC Davis
Until the completion of the regional surface water supply project in 2016, the Cities of Woodland and Davis had always relied on groundwater for 100 percent of their drinking water supplies. The original water supply systems were built decades ago, when the quality and quantity of the water was adequate to meet needs. Faced with declining groundwater quality and increasingly strict water quality regulations, the Cities partnered in 2009 to develop a new water supply from the nearby Sacramento River.
The regional surface water project, consisting of a new water treatment facility south of Woodland and a new intake on the Sacramento River (jointly constructed and operated with Reclamation District 2035), was completed in 2016. In the future, the project will provide approximately 85-95 percent of Woodland and Davis customers’ water needs in normal years. UC Davis also receives water from the project.