Proposition 3 Fails Passage at 2018 General Election by Matt Veeh Nov 7, 2018 Water News Despite widespread support from water agencies and a coalition of other organizations throughout California, Proposition 3, the statewide water bond measure that would have provided $8.8 billion for numerous water-related projects and programs, was defeated by voters at the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018. “While the result of last night’s vote on Proposition 3 is disappointing, I’m optimistic that California water suppliers can overcome these challenges through their proven history of innovation and dedication to a sustainable California water future,” said Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies. ACWA’s Board of Directors unanimously supported both Proposition 3 and Proposition 68, which was approved by voters in June 2018. Proposition 3 would have provided $8.8 billion in general obligation bond funding for water projects intended to provide safe drinking water to disadvantaged communities, implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), repair infrastructure and restore watersheds. It also would have dedicated funding to improve water supply reliability, which in turn benefits California’s food production and economy.