published on December 27, 2019 - 1:11 PM
Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.

A new statewide organization has formed to support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to fix California’s aging water distribution infrastructure.

A broad coalition that includes the California Chamber of Commerce and labor, business, environmental, community and water leaders recently announced the formation of Californians for Water Security (CWS).

The mission is to support the construction of a single tunnel to funnel water from Northern California through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to users south.

California’s water delivery system is aging and at risk of collapse in the event of a major earthquake or flood. The Delta has also been ground zero for political conflict between environmental concerns and water needs in the state.

“The system that delivers water to millions of residents, farms and businesses is at serious risk,” said Allan Zaremberg, CalChamber president and CEO. “Investments in our water infrastructure now will pay dividends in the future as we can secure our water supplies and protect hundreds of thousands of regional jobs that depend on the stability of this water source.”

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