ACWA Comments on Vote to Move Water Bond to 2014

SACRAMENTO –Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on today’s bipartisan action by the Legislature to move the $11.14 billion water bond to the November 2014 ballot.

“In 2009, ACWA was part of a broad coalition that broke decades of gridlock and charted a course to address our state’s water challenges through a comprehensive package of legislation. That package included policy bills and a bond measure to provide a public cost share for actions that benefit the entire state.

“While the decision to move the water bond was a difficult one, we know it was necessary for a variety of reasons to change the timing from this November to 2014. Today’s bipartisan vote shows that lawmakers see the importance of this issue and the need to work together to address our water supply challenges.

“Our support for moving the bond in no way weakens the resolve of ACWA and our allies to get the job done over the long term. We believe there is a critical role for general obligation bond funding to help implement the comprehensive package. The public recognizes the need for these investments, too.”

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 www.acwa.com.

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