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Our Mission
Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District will ensure the most reliable, cost-effective water supply for our customers through the importation of State Water Project water and management of groundwater basins. We will operate and maintain certain flood control structures to protect our customer’s safety and property.
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  • Office is open to the public
  • State-Mandated COVID precautions will be enforced
TCCWD History
  • 1850 – 1870’s- Livestock (cattle ranching) and some dry land farming
  • 1880 – 1890 – Ranching, dry land farming, timber and mining
  • 1900 – Present – Livestock, agriculture, hothouse, organic farming, vineyards, cement industry, wind industry, tourism and Bedroom Community to the southern San Joaquin and Antelope Valleys
  • 1946 – 1947 – Tehachapi Soil Conservation District formed
  • 1959 – 1964 – Tehachapi Watershed Planning Project & Tehachapi Cummings Valley Water Conservation District formed (1960)
  • 1965 – Tehachapi Cummings County Water District formed replacing TCVWCD
  • 1966 – AG and M&I Contracts executed for SWP entitlement
  • 1966 – Three lawsuits filed in Superior Court in each of three ground water basins: Tehachapi, Brite and Cummings
  • 1969 – Preliminary design and Feasibility Report for financing completed
  • 1970 – Judgment in Brite Basin case filed
  • 1971 – Original Judgment in Tehachapi Basin Case was filed
  • 1971 – TCCWD Imported Water Project approved by voters of District and construction started
  • 1972 – Judgment in Cummings Basin Case filed
  • 1973 – Amended Judgment filed in Tehachapi Basin case
  • 1973 – Imported Water first delivered into District (above both occurred Nov.14,1973) Financing through a Bureau of Reclamation loan under Public Law 984 in the amount of $6.5m and general obligation bonds in the amount of $2.5m
  • 1974 – Present – TCCWD – SWP water deliveries, water management and conjunctive use programs
  • 1975 – Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District, Renders an Opinion and Remands Cummings Valley Case to Kern County Superior Court
  • 1984 – PL566 funding and start construction of Blackburn, Antelope Dams and Diversion channels.
  • 1994 – Repower Plants 1,2,3,and 4 with new engines and pumps – Certificates of Participation for $5.3 million which includes approximately $1 million to build a new natural gas pipeline for an alternate supply of natural gas. Reduced emissions and a savings of 35% in fuel costs
About Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District
Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District (TCCWD) is located in the Tehachapi Mountains, east of the Southern San Joaquin Valley and encompasses approximately 266,000 acres. TCCWD provides an imported water supply, water resource management and flood protection to the public in a safe, reliable and environmentally sensitive way. The local groundwater supply is located in three basins, which are the Brite, Cummings and Tehachapi Basins. The District imports State Water Project water from the California Aqueduct. TCCWD is governed by a five person Board of Directors elected at large to four year, staggered terms by registered voters in the five equal acreage divisions within TCCWD. The Directors are responsible for policies and decisions which govern the operations of the District. They meet regularly on the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District’s Board Room.