The Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) yesterday voted to support California WaterFix. SCVWD is the largest urban State Water Contractor outside of Southern California, and its affirmative vote marks a major milestone in the process to secure California's water supply.
Chair of the SCVWD board John L. Varela issued the following statement in response to the vote:
"The California WaterFix will reduce risks to water supplies from failing levees and rising seas, while improving water flow in the south Delta to protect fish. Because fully 40 percent of the water used in Santa Clara County comes to us through the aging infrastructure of the Delta, our life, environment and economy depend on the condition and reliability of the Delta infrastructure."
John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources, made clear the importance of WaterFix to the region's continued water security:
"Like many regions that are making aggressive investments in local supplies from recycling and groundwater recharge, Santa Clara has recognized these important investments do not eliminate the need for reliable supplies for the Delta and cannot be viable without the backbone supply that WaterFix will ensure.”