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Aug 24, 2013 3:20 PM by Associated Press

Millions spent on water-storage plan that leaks

MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - A Ventura County water supplier has invested nearly $150 million in a massive water-storage project that failed to deliver what was promised.

The Las Posas Basin Aquifer Storage and Recovery Project was planned as an underground reservoir. It was pitched years ago as a way to store nearly 100 billion gallons of water in an aquifer, to pump out during dry spells or emergencies.

Officials claimed Las Posas would create a roughly three-year reserve for more than 600,000 people.

But officials at the Calleguas Municipal Water District say it can't be used to fend off droughts.

It was supposed to raise water levels in the area, but instead they dropped steeply when the project went into operation.

Calleguas says the pumps can be used for short periods, including during maintenance.

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