Our wells, along with others, feed the local aquifer. The Six Basins Watermaster (a board, not a person) determines each year how much water can be safely removed from the aquifer. Each of the companies or cities that are part of this organization will be authorized to withdraw a certain percent of the water. This "right to pump" will come to Claremont if the city owns the system.
If we own the pumping rights, we can also take steps to capture more rainwater and reclaim used water and send them into the aquifer. The more water it has, the more we will be allowed to use.
Currently, our wells provide about 60% of Claremont's water. If we owned the system, we would buy the rest that we need from providers such as Three Valleys Municipal Water District, just like GSW does.