Fixing California’s Aging Water Distribution System is Critical to Protect Bay Area Water Reliability.
The Problem: The water distribution system that delivers water to millions of Bay Area homes and businesses is outdated and at risk of failing.
Millions of water users in the Bay Area rely on water that flows from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the region.
- The Santa Clara Valley Water District receives 40% of its overall supply from this source that serves more than 1.9 million residents in the Santa Clara region.
- Zone 7 Water Agency, which serves around 240,000 residents and businesses in the Livermore-Amador Valley, receives 80% of its water through this aging system.
- The Alameda County Water District, which serves 83,000 people in southern Alameda County, receives 40% of its water supply from this source.
- The City of Napa, serving 88,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional customers, receives 63% of its water from this system.
But this distribution system of aging dirt levees, aqueducts and pipes that delivers water to the Bay Area is outdated and at risk of collapse in the event of a major earthquake or flood. Furthermore, this water delivery system needs to be modernized to better prepare for climate change and the resulting extreme droughts, severe floods, and increasing salinity in the Delta resulting from rising sea levels.
The Solution: Support Governor Newsom’s single pipeline conveyance through the Delta.
The project would fortify water supplies for the Bay Area. It would:
Protect water security for two-thirds of the state. Without action, water supplies through our main distribution infrastructure will continue to decrease.
Improve the safety and reliability of our water system by fixing aging infrastructure using the most innovative technologies and engineering practices.
Protect water supplies from earthquakes, floods and natural disasters by delivering them through a modern water pipeline, rather than solely through today’s deteriorating levee system.
Prepare For The Impacts
Of Climate Change
Prepare for the impacts of climate change by improving our ability to move and store water, recharge groundwater aquifers, and protect against salinity caused by sea level rise.
And Natural Water Flows
Restore habitats and more natural water flows above ground in rivers and streams in order to reduce impacts on endangered fish and other wildlife.
Serve As A
Serve as a critical component of a comprehensive water portfolio.