Fixing California’s Aging Water Distribution System is Critical to Protect Central Valley Water Reliability.
The Problem: The water distribution system that delivers water to the Central Valley is outdated and at risk of failing.
The 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. This important delivery system that distributes water to thousands of acres of irrigated farmland throughout the Central Valley is outdated and crumbling.
Because of the problems with this aging water distribution system, water to the region has been significantly cut back in recent years – forcing farmers to plow under fields and lay off workers. Additionally, experts warn that the system could collapse in an earthquake or natural disaster, cutting off water supplies for more than a year. 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 Central Valley. 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.