WaterFix is part of the state’s overall water management portfolio, which includes conservation, water management, recycling, ecosystem protection and more.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and participating public water agencies have extensively studied and analyzed organizational models for major infrastructure projects. DWR and the public water agencies will form a partnership to implement the most effective means of staffing, designing, contracting, constructing and financing WaterFix. This model is in the best interests of both the state and the public water agencies funding the project, assigning roles and responsibilities that align around a shared vision to build the project on time and budget.
WaterFix is a long-overdue infrastructure upgrade that will maintain a reliable source of water for 27 million Californians and more than 3 million acres of farmland in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Valley and Southern California, while addressing Delta ecosystem issues. It is a critical element of the state’s overall strategy to create climate change resiliency and ensure a reliable water supply for the future, as outlined in Governor Brown’s California Water Action Plan.
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.