Water for Two-Thirds of Californians Flows through More than 1,000 Miles of Aging, Mostly Dirt Levees at Risk of Collapse
Sacramento, Calif. – Video clips released by Californians for Water Security today demonstrate the extreme vulnerability of California’s water delivery infrastructure and the urgency of implementing the California WaterFix to safely transport water to two-thirds of the state.
Recent levee breaches and other failures of our water distribution system, including those at Tyler Island and Morgan Hill, have once again revealed the critical shortcomings in California’s antiquated water delivery infrastructure. Deteriorating dirt levees in the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta are at risk of collapse during a major flood or earthquake. These levees transport water for two-thirds of the state, or 25 million Californians. Experts warn that a major levee failure could disrupt water supplies for months or longer. With our current infrastructure, we are also missing the opportunity to capture water during abundant rains.
The California WaterFix would replace our current water distribution system of aging, crumbling dirt levees with a modern water pipeline that would keep our water secure during floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
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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