Central Valley Residents Support the California WaterFix
The Plan to Fix our Aging Water Distribution System
Our Central Valley relies heavily on California’s main water distribution system, which brings water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through a system of aging levees, canals, and pipes to our region. But key portions of this system are outdated and crumbling. Because of the problems with our aging water distribution system, water to our region has been significantly cut back in recent years – forcing farmers to plow under fields and lay off workers, and hurting our regional economy and quality of life. Additionally, experts warn that the system could collapse in an earthquake or natural disaster, cutting off water supplies for more than a year and costing our economy billions of dollars.
The plan to fix California’s aging water system, known as the California WaterFix, will address the severe vulnerabilities by upgrading our water infrastructure. This plan is critical for the Central Valley. Please learn more and join the broad coalition supporting water security.
Our Water is at Risk
Millions of Central Valley 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This water travels through a system of outdated dirt levees and aging infrastructure.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 Central Valley.
Your water travels from this system through the California Aqueduct all the way to the Central Valley distribution center, which serves Central Valley regions.
A full two-thirds of California homes and businesses are served water from this aging, outdated system.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 The Central Valley’s water.
We Support Water Security
“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
“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
“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