Water Board: Vote ‘No’ on billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project
The Compton Herald is urging the Board of Directors Division IV Central Basin Municipal Water District to vote “No” on the proposed multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project
A section of the Colorado River Aqueduct. Southern California receives about 30 percent of its water from the State Water Project and relies heavily on the Colorado River Aqueduct. Photo: The Center For Land Use Interpretation
Delta Tunnels project could raise average household water bills by hundreds of dollars
The Compton Herald is urging the Board of Directors Division IV Central Basin Municipal Water District to vote “No” on the proposed multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels project which could raise average household water bills by as much as $200-$400 a year.
The cities of Lynwood, South Gate, Florence-Graham, Willowbrook, Compton, and Carson are comprised of hardworking residents who cannot afford an increase in their taxes amounting to hundreds of dollars.
We hope that Leticia Vasquez, our director, who was re-elected in November 2016, and the other directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) will turn thumbs down to the Delta Tunnels project in concert with the wishes of their constituents.
It would also be unfair to residents in the aforementioned cities to have to bear the burden of paying for the construction of tunnels which would not benefit them – the Delta Tunnels would not deliver any additional water to southeast Los Angeles County residents. The tunnel project, instead, would only benefit inland agri-business.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California appears to be in good shape, according to information on its website. MWD is responsible importing water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers through the State Water Project and from the Colorado River via the Colorado River Aqueduct. Imported water is a supplemental resource to groundwater.
Southern California receives about 30 percent of its water from the State Water Project and relies heavily on the Colorado River Aqueduct. For over 70 years, the aqueduct has been supplying the region with a major source of supplemental water.
And with the recent heavy rains which effectively ended California’s epic drought, we see no reason for the state and Southeast L.A. County’s water picture to change.
Directors, please – no new taxes for water or water projects.