Silicon Valley Companies Delighted with Water District Vote of 7-0 to Participate in California  WaterFix

 

 SAN JOSE, CA –Silicon Valley Leadership Group representatives were delighted to be at the meeting where the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted 7-0 late yesterday afternoon to move forward and participate in the California WaterFix.  This vote is a major step forward for California WaterFix and it ensures that Silicon Valley will have a seat at the table and guide development of the critical project, which will help provide the water our region needs to thrive.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group facilitated Governor Jerry Brown’s visit with Silicon Valley CEOs and labor and Water District board members last week to discuss his WaterFix plan and 40 member companies sent a letter to the Santa Clara Water District urging them to join other water districts in supporting California WaterFix. WaterFix is designed to fix the state’s aging and environmentally damaging water infrastructure system with the construction of a new state-of-the-art tunnel system that delivers water through the Delta.

Santa Clara Valley’s current water supply relies upon a more than century-old dirt levee infrastructure that experts say is prone to failure during from an earthquake. WaterFix would:

  • Improve the safety of our water system by fixing aging infrastructure using the most innovative technologies and engineering practices.
  • Protect water supplies by delivering them through a modern water pipeline, rather than solely through today’s deteriorating levee system, which will better protect water supplies from earthquakes, sea level rise.
  • Improve the ability to move water to storage facilities throughout the state so we can capture it for use in dry years.
  • Restore more natural water flows in the Delta in order to reduce impacts on endangered fish and other wildlife.

“Silicon Valley needs WaterFix to secure our water, protect our economy and preserve our way of life,” said Mike Mielke, Senior Vice President of Energy and Environment. A host of water districts around the state have similarly voted to move the project forward.

To read the letter and see the signatories click here.  For interviews or comments please contact Kimberly Ellis, SVP of Communications at (408) 501-7853|kellis@svlg.org or Nancy Sanchez, Sr. Director of Communications at (408) 701-501-7879|nsanchez@svlg.org.

On October 18th, 2017, posted in: Energy, Environment, Press Releases, Uncategorized by