ACWA Hails 50 Years of State Water Project Deliveries

SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement today regarding the 50th anniversary of moving water through the State Water Project.

“The State Water Project is a testament to thinking big and building big in California. Fifty years after the first water flowed in the South Bay Aqueduct, the State Water Project continues to be a critical part of our state’s backbone water storage and delivery system.

“We are pleased to recognize the foresight, ingenuity and leadership it took to design and build the State Water Project. Its importance to our state’s economy, jobs and prosperity cannot be overstated. At a time when so many problems appear insurmountable, it is encouraging to remember that projects can be constructed and operated to serve so many Californians.

“The SWP has evolved over the years as our needs have changed. That process continues today as water leaders explore ways to take this asset built by our grandparents and adapt it to meet the needs of our grandchildren in the future. The State Water Project will remain a critical asset to all of California. ”


ACWA is a statewide association of public agencies whose 440 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit


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