Tech CEOs Urge Santa Clara Valley Water District to Support CA WaterFix in San Jose Mercury News Op-Ed



Silicon Valley CEOs Advocate for Bay Area Water Security and Economic Stability

Sacramento, CA – Today, the San Jose Mercury News published an opinion editorial urging the Santa Clara Valley Water District to support California WaterFix. The op-ed was authored by Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO at Nexenta Systems, Matt Mahan, CEO at Brigade Media, and Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President of Energy and Environment at Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Santa Clara Valley Water District is expected to vote on WaterFix on Tuesday, October 17.

Below are excerpts from the piece:

“California is the sixth largest economy in the world, and Silicon Valley is a primary driver of our state’s job creation and growth. Yet our success is at risk unless we move to protect our water supply.

“That’s why we are urging the Santa Clara Valley Water District help secure our water supplies now and well into the future by supporting California WaterFix, which will deliver water through modern pipelines.”

“Forty percent of our region’s water is imported from the Sierra Nevada through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This water travels long distances through 100-year old dirt levees that are vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. It is at risk of contamination from salt water due to rising sea levels associated with climate change.

“WaterFix provides the only viable and detailed solution to address these risks and shore up the water supply we, and most Californians, rely on.”


To read the full piece, click here.


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.

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