Metropolitan General Manager’s Statement on Gov. Newsom’s State of the State Address, California WaterFix

Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on Gov. Gavin Newsoms comments regarding California WaterFix during his State of the State address today:

Metropolitan welcomes Governor Newsoms endorsement of modernizing Californias water conveyance system in the Delta. While a single tunnel project will not resolve all pumping problems in the Delta and is less flexible for dealing with climate change impacts, it is imperative that we move forward rapidly on a conveyance project. Having no Delta fix imperils all of California. We intend to work constructively with the Newsom Administration on developing a refined California WaterFix project that addresses the needs of cities, farms and the environment.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provide water for nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450
(202) 821-5253, mobile

Maritza Fairfield, (213) 217-6853
(909) 816-7722, mobile