60% of Levees Deemed Unstable; Highlights Need to Upgrade Water Infrastructure through California Water Fix
San Francisco, CA – This week, NBC conducted an investigative report revealing California’s catastrophically weak levee system and its threat to our state’s water supply. The report showed how California’s outdated water infrastructure could further deteriorate or collapse and cut off the drinking water supply to communities and businesses across the state.
Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix would secure our state’s water supplies by upgrading current infrastructure and conveyance for California communities by building a modern water pipeline to transport water and reducing reliance on old, dirt levees.
Below is a brief excerpt from the investigative report:
“”The threat of levee catastrophe is significant,” said Mark Cowin, former director of California’s Department of Water Resources. “We depend upon the integrity of those levees in the delta to allow us to move the water from north to south.
Levees [along the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta] guard the aqueduct system that provides two-thirds of drinking water to the Bay Area and Southern California. A major flood event could knock out that aqueduct system, which would contaminate the fresh drinking water supply with salt water and destroy the vessel that delivers that water to homes and faucets throughout the state.
One solution is to put the drinking water supply underground. In fact, San Francisco’s Water Utility has done just that, burying the pipes that carry fresh water it gets from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build similar pipes, or tunnels, under the delta to carry drinking water to Southern California.”
To read the full article, click here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Break-in-CA-Levee-System-Could-Contaminate-Bay-Area-Drinking-Water-Supply-420788484.html