ICYMI – Staggering Water Loss Numbers Reveal Urgent Need for Securing California’s Water Deliveries with California WaterFix

423.6 Billion Gallons of Water Lost Due to State’s Antiquated Water Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO – Last week, the Southern California Water Committee released an official study reporting staggering water loss figures, averaging 1.3 million acre-feet or 423.6 billion gallons of water per year.

The study, conducted by David L. Sunding, Ph.D., analyzed water supply impacts, impacts on urban water systems, and water quality and species protection regulations in the Sacramento San-Joaquin Delta. Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix would secure these water supplies by upgrading current infrastructure and conveyance for California communities.

The study shows that:

  • California’s water losses are severe. On average, 1.3 million acre-feet of water was lost every year. (One acre-foot is approximately 1 football field filled with water 1 foot deep). This could serve approximately 10 million Californian homes for one full year, and approximately equals 423,600,000 billion gallons of water.
  • Insecure water supplies are costing Californian workers. Since 2000, $900 million in wages in agriculture sector jobs (e.g. farmworkers, truck drivers, food processing workers, warehouse workers) have been lost. The study projects over $4 billion will be lost in the next 30 years.
  • Communities suffer due to unreliable water supplies. With current water cuts, urban communities are projected to lose more than $10 billion over the next 30 years.

Click here to see the full study.

Click here to see the Southern California Water Committee’s infographic on Dr. Sunding’s study.


About Californians for Water Security:

CWS is a growing coalition of more than 12,000 California citizens and more than 180 organizations representing business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, environmentalists, public safety officials, infrastructure groups, taxpayer associations, and others who support the plan to fix California’s broken water distribution system. The Governor’s plan was drafted after nearly a decade of scientific review and analysis by leading water experts and conservationists and has received input from leading scientists and engineers. The coalition is waging an active advertising, grassroots lobbying, social media and public advocacy campaign to support this important project to fix our aging water distribution infrastructure and improve water reliability and security throughout the state.

For more information on Californians for Water Security, visit: www.watersecurityca.com



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