California is the sixth largest economy in the world, and Silicon Valley is a primary driver of our state’s job creation and growth. Yet our success is at risk unless we move to protect our water supply.

That’s why we are urging the Santa Clara Valley Water District help secure our water supplies now and well into the future by supporting California WaterFix, which will deliver water through modern pipelines.

While we might expect our innovative state to have state-of-the-art infrastructure for delivering one of our most precious resources – drinking water – that is not the case. At least not yet.

Forty percent of our region’s water is imported from the Sierra Nevada through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. This water travels long distances through 100-year old dirt levees that are vulnerable to collapse during an earthquake. It is at risk of contamination from salt water due to rising sea levels associated with climate change.

WaterFix provides the only viable and detailed solution to address these risks and shore up the water supply we, and most Californians, rely on.

What’s more, WaterFix and its companion project, EcoRestore, will reverse environmental damage in the Delta caused by reverse river flows from the current pumping system. By moving the points of water diversions, and utilizing advanced screens to protect vulnerable species, the project will help restore more natural river flows and benefit fish. EcoRestore will also restore 30,000 acres of Delta habitat.

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While the state auditor recently criticized the state for the way it handled a planning contract, the audit confirmed no general fund dollars were used for planning and design of WaterFix. The audit also validated the exhaustive review process the state went through to propose …read more

Source:: East Bay – Business

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