The Plan to Fix our Aging Water Distribution System
Two-thirds of California homes, farms, and businesses depend on water that flows through an aging distribution system to regions across the state.
The plan to fix California’s water system, known as the California WaterFix, will address the severe vulnerability in our water infrastructure and secure local water supplies. Outdated, dirt levees would be replaced with a modern water pipeline built to withstand earthquakes and other natural disasters. Natural water flows would be restored to support the surrounding environments. The plan is critical for many California communities and our state’s economy.
Our Water is at Risk
Millions of California homes, farms, and businesses depend on a distribution system that brings water hundreds of miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Crumbling Levees & Infrastructure
This water travels through a system of outdated dirt levees and aging infrastructure. The most vulnerable points are not built to withstand a major earthquake, despite serving heavily populated regions across California.
A full two-thirds of California homes and businesses are served water from this aging, outdated system. Our water doesn’t have to be at risk, learn more about the plan to secure our water:
We Support Water Security
“We also need to create long-term solutions to the systemic problems stemming from the state’s aging and sorely inadequate water distribution infrastructure. Our current system cannot accommodate the state’s current population, let alone expected increased demands of the future.” – Robbie Hunter, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
“The levees that make up the state’s main water distribution system in the Delta are 60 years old and made up mostly of dirt. In the event of an earthquake, these levees will collapse and 2/3 of our water supply would be at risk. We must improve the safety of our water system.” – Alice Huffman, President, California NAACP
“Family farmers throughout the state have left fields barren or ripped out orchards as drought and a failing water delivery system have cut off their surface water supply. It is imperative that we continue to move ahead with improvements to our water storage and delivery infrastructure if we are to preserve California’s uniquely diverse and productive farm heritage.” – Dave Puglia, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, Western Growers
“The CA WaterFix best serves taxpayers’ interests by securing reliable water supplies at an affordable rate. Currently, 75% of Ventura County relies heavily on our state’s antiquated water distribution system. The 25 million California residents reliant on this mid-20th century system deserve better and we can and must do better to stabilize this critical water supply!” – David Grau, Board Chair, Ventura County Taxpayers Association
“Supplies have been unreliable, especially in these times of drought. And local alternatives cannot adequately replace the water we receive from the State. The San Luis Reservoir, our state’s primary south-of-Delta storage and drought buffer, bears testimony to this harsh reality as it is currently only 10% full. It’s time to move forward with the CA WaterFix.” – Lynn Jensen, Executive Director, VC COLAB
“Securing our water system is about protecting not only our local jobs, but our way of life and our future. San Diego simply has too much to lose to sit by and miss this critical opportunity to create a stable water supply for our region.” – Tom Lemmon, Business Manager, San Diego Building & Construction Trades Council
“We can’t wait for an earthquake or another natural disaster to strike, or endure more years of a devastating drought that cripples our economy, before taking action to fix California’s aging water distribution system. We have a plan that works, and the time to move forward with that plan is now.” – Ron Miller, Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council
“In the event of a levee break or system failure, much of Los Angeles’ water supply could be interrupted for up to one year. This plan will upgrade and repair the state’s water system, and protect hundreds of thousands of regional jobs that depend on the stability of this water supply.” – Gary Toebben, President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
“This is the only viable plan that addresses water supply and reliability and the environmental problems that plague our state. We support the plan because we believe there is a strong business case for the kind of economic and environmental stability it would provide.” – Mike Mielke, Vice President, Environmental Programs & Policy, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
“The plan is a critical component needed for a comprehensive solution, committed to address the ravages of a historic drought, coupled with the needs of a growing population. Imagine, a reliable statewide water system that protects Californians’ quality of life, over the long-term.” -Michael Turnipseed, Kern County Taxpayer Association
“California’s aging water distribution system has resulted in unprecedented water cutbacks to our region, hurting local jobs and our quality of life. We must move forward with the California Water Fix so to enhance the reliability of water for the Central Valley.” – Nathan Ahle, Government Affairs Manager, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce
“Millions here in the Bay Area and across the state rely on 60-year-old infrastructure as well as century old dirt levees to deliver water supplies to homes, businesses and agriculture. We must fix this antiquated system to protect a critical source of the Bay Area’s water.” – Michael Theriault, Secretary/Treasurer, San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
“More than 30% of Southern California’s clean water supply flows from the Sierra Nevada mountains through the Delta – and that water is vital to our efforts to improve our local supplies. We need this high quality water from Sierra snowpack to replenish groundwater basins and fill up reservoirs. WaterFix is about reliability. We cannot afford to wait. ” – Charley Wilson, Executive Director, Southern California Water Committee
“The Los Angeles County Business Federation strongly supports the plan to protect the reliability of our state and local water supplies by fixing the water distribution system through the Delta… our long-term water security depends on fixing the state’s water distribution system.” – Los Angeles Business Federation (LA BizFed)
“Water reliability is absolutely paramount to the sustainability of California’s economy. Any period of time, if ever brief, of water delivery system failure will have catastrophic impacts. The CA WaterFix is absolutely necessary to prevent system failure!” – Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, OCBC