Metropolitan Water District responds to Compton Herald editorial
"We need an updated, modernized and cost-effective water system, and we need it to protect the Delta environment"
A December, 2015 conceptual design for nearly 70 miles (112km) of bored tunnels that form the Phase 1 California Water Fix of the planned $14.9 billion California Bay Delta Water Conveyance Project. Photo: YouTube/TunnelTalk
“It’s important that everyone understands the true facts about the [California WaterFix] project and its cost.”Dear Editor,
We respectfully disagree with your Aug. 24 editorial, “Water Board: Vote ‘No’ on Billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project,” which was based on erroneous rhetoric and incorrect information.
We depend on water imported from Northern California through the Delta for about 30 percent of the supplies we use in the Southland. But that system is aging and less reliable than it should be. We need an updated, modernized and cost-effective water system, and we need it to protect the Delta environment. Scientists tell us California WaterFix, with its new intakes, twin tunnels, and environmental safeguards will help achieve those goals.
Contrary to the bloated cost estimates in your editorial, the latest analysis shows the average Southland household would pay only about $2-$3 a month more for California WaterFix. The cost to develop other local supplies to replace this water would cost households at least two or more times as much per household. WaterFix is more affordable for Southern Californians than the alternatives.
As you know, the Metropolitan Board of Directors is nearing a decision on whether to invest in California WaterFix and secure this affordable supply of water for decades to come. It’s important that everyone understands the true facts about the project and its cost.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California