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Downey dairy to lease water from South Gate

SOUTH GATE — The Downey-based Rockview Dairy will lease 65 acre feet of the city’s water supply to use at a plant it owns in South Gate. An acre foot is about 300,300 gallons.

Public Works Director Arturo Cervantes said Rockview, 5951 Southern Ave., just north of the South Gate border, owns and operates a refrigerated storage center at 9840 Miller Way in South Gate and uses city water to wash down trucks and equipment at the latter site.

Rockview will pay the city $150 per acre foot for the coming fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, for a total of $9,750. The money goes into South Gate’s water fund, Cervantes said.

He noted that South Gate has the right to pump 11,183 acre feet of water from the Central Basin, but needs only about 8,300 for its customers.

The city has leased pumping rights to Rockview for a number of years. Last fiscal year, the dairy leased 85 acre feet and paid South Gate $140 per acre foot, Cervantes added.