South Bay Residents Support the CA WaterFix
The Plan to Fix our Aging Water Distribution System
The South Bay 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 But key portions of the system are outdated and crumbling, putting the security and reliability of our local water supplies at risk. Experts warn that the system could collapse in an earthquake, and is susceptible to salt water intrusion during major droughts or natural disasters, 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 and secure our local water supplies. This plan is critical for the South Bay. Please learn more and join the broad coalition supporting water security.
Our Water is at Risk
Millions of South 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This water travels through a system of outdated dirt levees and aging infrastructure.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 California.
South Bay Aqueducts
Your water travels from this system through the South Bay Aqueducts all the way to the South Bay Area distribution center, which serves South Bay Area 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A full two-thirds of California homes and businesses are served water from this aging, outdated system.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 South Bay’s water.
We Support Water Security
“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
“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