WaterFix is a modern and ambitious infrastructure project that will require world-class engineering, efficient construction management, aggressive cost containment, and transparent business operations.
After 10 years of analysis, dialogue and scientific inquiry, the California WaterFix remains the most feasible approach to not only securing water supplies but also protecting native fish in the Delta. For fish, this means lessening the impact of pumping water solely from the southern part of the Delta estuary and restoring more natural flow conditions.
It has been clear to water experts and biologists over the past decade that the status quo in the Delta is unacceptable. The water infrastructure in the Delta is outdated and operations can be harmful to fish. The fragile levees and ecosystem are vulnerable to earthquakes, severe storms, saltwater intrusion and further environmental degradation. WaterFix protects water supply from natural disasters, helps the state prepare for the effects of climate change, and reduces stressors on native fish.
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.