$16 billion WaterFix would protect state water but raise water bills

Water agencies divided on WaterFix

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A $16 billion-dollar plan to upgrade California’s water system would increase a ratepayer’s water bill upwards of $3 a month.  However, the Metropolitan Water District and Department of Water Resources said the upgrade is necessary to update a 50-year-old system, improve water reliability, and protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta environment.

“It’s absolutely essential that we take care of this,” said Department of Water Resources Director Grant Davis. “This resource is akin to the heart and lungs of the state of California.”

San Diego County gets roughly 30% of its water from the delta.  MWD officials said it’s still cheaper than desalination or purified recycled water.

If approved by several state water agencies and organizations, California WaterFix would take years to complete.  The Metropolitan Water District, which sells the Delta water to the San Diego County Water Authority, will vote on WaterFix October 10th.  The Westlands Water District voted against the project Tuesday.  However, water officials were unclear what impact that would have on the overall project.

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