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Mission

North Kern was formed in 1935 pursuant to the State “Water Storage District Act” principally to address lowering groundwater levels associated with the expanding use of deep well turbine pumps in the District and adjacent areas. The District’s primary objective was (and is) to support “economic pumping lifts” for landowners within the District through the importation of surface water supplies (principally from the Kern River).

Subsequent to its formation, ground-breaking studies were conducted to evaluate the potential to replenish the groundwater basin through the application of large volumes of water in dedicated recharge basins. These studies were used to site the District’s recharge ponds which were constructed subsequent to completion of the District’s “project report” in 1950. These studies also established a basis for the future development of “groundwater banking” programs in other areas of Kern County and the State.

Customer Service

The District’s primary objective was (and is) to support “economic pumping lifts” for landowners within the District through the importation of surface water supplies (principally from the Kern River).

Water Tolls

Water Tolls are “usage-based” charges assessed on the volume of water delivered.

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Water Quality

The District collects Water Quality Samples monthly and provides the results to landowner.

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New Service

Apply for new water service:
- Class 1
- Class 2
- RRID

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New Construction

Apply for new construction water:
- temporary pumping
- miscellaneous water sales

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Contact Us

North Kern Water Storage District was organized in 1935 and comprises approximately 60,000 acres of predominately agricultural land north of the City of Bakersfield, west of Highway 99, and east of the cities of Shafter and Wasco.

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