Bay Area Residents Support the California WaterFix
The Plan to Fix our Aging Water Distribution System
The Bay Area relies heavily on California’s main water distribution system, which brings water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to our homes and farms through a system of aging levees, canals and pipes. But key portions of the system are outdated and crumbling, putting the security and reliability of our water supply at risk. Experts warn that the system could collapse in an earthquake or natural disaster, cutting off water supplies for over a year and costing our economy billions of dollars.
The plan to fix California’s water system, known as the California WaterFix, will address the severe vulnerabilities in our water infrastructure. This plan is critical for the Bay Area. Please learn more and join the broad coalition supporting water security.
Our Water is at Risk
Millions of Bay Area 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This water travels through a system of outdated dirt levees and aging infrastructure.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 the Bay Area.
Coast Branch Aqueducts
Your water travels from this system through the Bay Area Aqueducts all the way to the Bay Area distribution center, which serves Bay Area regions.
A full two-thirds of California homes and businesses are served water from this aging, outdated system. The Bay Area’s water doesn’t have to be at risk, learn more about the plan to secure the Bay Area’s water.
We Support Water Security
“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
“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 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
“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