MWD Board Approves Funding for California WaterFix

  • by Teresa McGaffic
  • Oct 10, 2017
  • Water News

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Board of Directors today approved funding the district’s 26% share of California WaterFix.

The $17 billion “twin tunnels” project is designed to strengthen infrastructure for delivering water to users south of the Delta while improving ecological conditions for fish.

California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird issued the following statement: “Today’s vote by Metropolitan Water District’s board members shows leadership and a commitment to the region’s water supply future. WaterFix is this generation’s opportunity to protect critical water supplies from certain decline. Metropolitan’s investment will provide water supply reliability for the region’s residents and economy.”

MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said in a statement:

“Given our size, Metropolitan is the anchor tenant for any successful California WaterFix, and this vote puts us on record as being ready and willing to participate. We still have a ways to go before we have a final, fully funded project, but this vote keeps WaterFix on the path to finding a viable and lasting solution. “

Today’s vote by the MWD board approves the agency’s $4.3 billion share of the project’s cost, and  gives the go-ahead to finalize the project’s governance structures, participate in an adaptive management program, and enter separate joint power authorities to oversee construction and finance.

“We simply must modernize and improve the reliability of our imported supplies as well as meet the needs of growth by developing more local supplies and extending conservation,” said MWD Board Chairman Randy Record.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the vote was 69% in favor to 22% opposed, with 9% abstaining.

For more information, MWD’s press release can be found at MWDH2O.com.

Also today, the Coachella Valley Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to support WaterFix. The resolution is not a financial commitment.

“As more information becomes available, we will have more public meetings to discuss this important issue with the community,” CVWD Board President John Powell said. “California WaterFix is not only critical to ensure the safety, reliability and efficiency of our state’s water supply, but it’s critical to the long-term sustainability of the Coachella Valley’s groundwater supply.”

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