(Pictured above: seawater desalination plant in San Diego County, CA)

Water is the cornerstone of California’s economy, and supply reliability is vital to maintaining our way of life and maintaining the environment in which we live.

With California being a drought-prone state with fixed water storage capacity, water policy in the past has mainly focused on conservation, recycling and redistribution. Further, much of the policy development has focused on local jurisdictions, deferring local water shortage problems. What has become crystal clear in today’s historic drought is that California cannot plan for future economic and anticipated population growth without a cohesive statewide plan for water supply reliability.

ACEC California’s engineers can play a vital role in executing such a comprehensive plan that would expand water storage sites, improve delivery, safeguard the Delta’s fresh water supplies, and continue developing innovative conservation and recycling projects.

That is why ACEC California has joined a strong broad and diverse coalition, Californians for Water Security, to support the California Water Fix – a comprehensive policy solution to modernize California’s water supply and delivery system. Additionally, ACEC California opposes legislation that seeks to block the California Water Fix, such as AB 2583 (Frazier) and AB 1713 (Eggman), which will cause unnecessary delays or even block the progress of the California WaterFix by implementing onerous new requirements or requiring a statewide vote despite the fact that the project has been a decade in the planning and making.

The California Water Fix – Improving the State’s Water System, Protecting the Environment

The majority of the water supply for Northern, Central, and Southern California comes from the Sierra Nevada and passes through the Bay-Delta.

The current Bay-Delta and California Aqueduct water distribution system does not allow for the efficient management of the seasonal rainfall, nor does the current system adequately protect the fragile Bay-Delta ecosystem. California also cannot respond quickly to a natural or man-made disaster affecting our water supply or Delta ecosystem, such as widespread levee failure due to an earthquake.

The California Water Fix will:

  • Fix our aging infrastructure by creating a water pipeline delivery system, and moving away from relying on the deteriorating and vulnerable dirt levee system.
  • Protect against supply disruption from floods, seismic events, or sea level rise.
  • Protect the environment by including habitat restoration of both the Delta, and improving river flows, as well as other mitigating factors to better protect threatened species.
  • Create 118,772 new construction jobs and provide $7 billion in employee compensation.