The agreement provides CAP with the operating flexibility to recover stored water at a lower cost, including more than four million CAP Acre Feet water stored by the AWBA in aquifers in central and southern Arizona. The agreement also resolves legal, financial and operational issues related to cycling. The agreement allows CAP to cycle off-project water deliveries through the PAC system, in accordance with standard form cycling agreements and expanded system capacity. Wheeling by the Reclamation Office is also permitted. Finally, the agreement helps to maximise the beneficial use of the CAP system by widening the possibility for long-term contractors to exchange parts of the allocation with another party. In order to ensure the efficient operation of the system, both for new and existing uses, the Agreement establishes a planning priority system that reconciles conflicts of delivery capacity. First, the legal, financial and operational issues of CAWCD and BOR had to be developed. This hurdle was overcome in 2017 with the approval of the CAP System Use Agreement. This agreement allows CAWCD and BOR to provide non-aquatic water supply services outside the project and increases the capacity of CAP`s long-term contractors to exchange water. On 1 February 2016, CAP and the Reclamation Office organised a joint stakeholder workshop to provide an overview and launch feedback on the key elements of the agreement.

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