Millions of gallons of water are wasted every year through water line breaks in local cities and counties throughout California. The water agencies who own and maintain these various water delivery systems cannot keep up with the deferred maintenance of these aging systems, some of which are over 100 years old. Potentially the easiest solution for water agencies would be to raise their rates to consumers in order to fund much needed maintenance. But too often utilities and elected officials struggle to find the political will to raise water rates to proactively repair and replace aging pipes.
We believe it is time to rethink the way we fund greatly needed repair and replacement of our water delivery systems in California. And we desire to foster the discovery of a long-term solution that maintains California’s economic edge and judicially harnesses its natural resources.
Please click here to read our 2015 infrastructure discussion paper, which raises the question and looks at some of the alternatives being put forward in California today.
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ACEC California is committed to advancing dialogue on infrastructure-related issues facing California in the 21st century. This white paper on California’s Aging Water Infrastructure is the second in a series of discussion documents.