The development of preliminary plans for property acquisition is part of every major infrastructure project.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) produces natural gas from active wells in the region and deposits can be found at varying depths throughout. Although they can present challenges for underground construction activities, these gas deposits have been considered in the WaterFix conceptual design process and will continue to be examined to ensure tunnel and construction safety.
California WaterFix will be funded by the public water agencies benefiting from the project. Below are the financing methods for each phase of the overall program. No general fund money will be used in the program’s design, construction or long-term operations.
A brief compilation of answers to frequently asked questions regarding the project.
California’s water delivery system is more than 50 years old and in need of an upgrade. This is especially apparent in wet years, when we get a large amount of storm water, but don’t have the ability to effectively capture, store, and move it for later. Without fixing how we move the water through the Delta, we will miss opportunities to take big gulps of water in wetter years and save it for use in drier years.
WaterFix is moving toward the design and construction phase to build a more reliable water system for California. The following animations are based on conceptual engineering designs and depict the construction activities associated with building three new intakes and two gravity-fed tunnels that will secure and deliver clean water supplies to 25 million Californians and 3 million acres of farmland.
* Map includes proposed footprint modifications due to ongoing optimization of the design to reduce impacts