Silicon Valley Businesses Urge Santa Clara Water District to Support WaterFix

 SAN JOSE, CA – 40 member companies of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group sent a letter to the Santa Clara Water District this morning 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 could be prone to devastating damage during an earthquake or flood. 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, floods and natural disasters.
  • Improve the ability to move water to storage facilities throughout the state so we can capture it for use in dry years.
  • Restore habitat and more natural water flows above ground in rivers and streams 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 moved the project forward.

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. To read the letter and see the signatories click here.

On October 16th, 2017, posted in: Press Releases by