SOURCE: Association of California Water Agencies

Association of California Water Agencies

November 05, 2014 13:41 ET

ACWA Applauds Passage of Proposition 1

Measure Will Help Fund Broad Range of Water Management Strategies

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 5, 2014) - Timothy Quinn, executive director of the statewide Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), issued the following statement on the passage of Proposition 1 by California voters. The measure authorizes $7.545 billion in general obligation bond funding for a range of water projects and programs as part of a statewide, comprehensive plan.

"Passage of Proposition 1 is a victory for California. It marks the culmination of years of effort to advance a water bond that will reinvest in California's water system and jumpstart the comprehensive, statewide water action plan we need for our future.

"The success of Proposition 1 reinforces that the public understands our water supply challenges as we move through a multi-year drought. At its core, Proposition 1 advances an all-of-the-above strategy that includes everything from local resources to water storage to safe drinking water. It makes the single-largest investment ever in programs such as water recycling, conservation, stormwater capture, desalination and groundwater remediation and cleanup. These programs together will play a major role in meeting local and regional water needs in the coming decades.

"Those investments will be complemented by the most significant state funding for water storage in a half-century. This funding will be matched -- on a competitive basis -- with local and regional dollars for 21st century water storage projects that add much-needed flexibility and resiliency to our water system. We will also take a major step forward in investing in watersheds and safe drinking water improvements, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

"Together with the comprehensive water plan outlined by Gov. Jerry Brown, Proposition 1 is part of an evolution in California water that opens the door to the most substantial progress in decades."

ACWA is statewide association of public agencies whose 430 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California. For more information, visit www.acwa.com.

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