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. Continue reading
By Nancy Vogel
The people who manage California’s water systems must assume that next year will be dry, too, or they invite unmitigated disaster.
California survives on the water it saves. In a state that must store the runoff of wet years in order to get through the dry years, there is never enough water to waste.
If everybody in California did three things to save water, we’d collectively stretch supplies.
Californians for Water Security is a robust coalition of residents, business leaders, labor, family farmers, local governments, water experts, environmentalists and others that have come together to mount a comprehensive, multi-year campaign in support of the plan to fix California’s aging water distribution system, through implementation of the California Water Fix.
To watch the coalition’s most recent video click here.
Also in 2014, ACEC California was instrumental in pushing the Legislature to pass and the governor to sign Senate Bill 1077 (SB 1077) directing California to conduct a pilot program to study the feasibility of a road charge as a replacement for the gas tax to pay for road maintenance and repairs. Is California ready for such a charge?
We think so (and have been saying that for a while now).
Did you know that last Thursday was National Pothole Day? Just about every California driver has hit a pothole at some point, but potholes are more than a mere inconvenience, they cause billions of dollars in damage ever year. The California Alliance for Jobs has produced a great new video detailing the human cost when roads aren’t maintained.
Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion state water bond, was approved by California’s voters last Tuesday and will provide $2.7 billion for much-needed water storage projects. ACEC California strongly supported this measure and partnered with the governor’s campaign to promote its passage. Thank you for all your hard work and help on this effort!
Facing one of the most severe droughts in history, California state officials joined local leaders, engineers and scientists in Oxnard, California last week in support of Proposition 1, which upon voter approval, would enact the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.
ACEC members are trained to seek creative solutions to problems. We are proud to help clients achieve their vision and thrive when we have the opportunity to bring a vague concept into focus. Some of the toughest challenges we tackle today require balancing human needs for infrastructure with a heart-felt desire to preserve natural habitat.