ACWA president calls for action on water

July 17, 2007
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) President Randy Fiorini appeared at a news conference today with Governor Schwarzenegger to call for swift action on water system improvements this year. With an extremely low San Luis Reservoir as a backdrop, Fiorini applauded the governor for his leadership on water issues and made the following statement about the need to invest in California's water infrastructure. "Seeing San Luis Reservoir so low today is a stark preview of what's to come...

• Fiorini appears with Governor to urge approval of comprehensive plan

LOS BANOS, CA, July 16, 2007 -- Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) President Randy Fiorini appeared at a news conference today with Governor Schwarzenegger to call for swift action on water system improvements this year.

With an extremely low San Luis Reservoir as a backdrop, Fiorini applauded the governor for his leadership on water issues and made the following statement about the need to invest in California's water infrastructure.

"Seeing San Luis Reservoir so low today is a stark preview of what's to come if we don't invest now in our statewide water infrastructure. The water supply that fills this reservoir and keeps our cities and farms going is at risk.

"Two-thirds of our state relies on the Delta, and it is literally one big storm or one big earthquake away from a disaster that would disrupt water deliveries to 25 million Californians and some of our most productive farmland.

"There is too much at stake to let that happen. We need swift action on a comprehensive water plan that includes more water storage, improved Delta conveyance to meet our water needs while protecting water quality and the environment, and expanded water efficiency.

"California's future hangs in the balance. The time to act is now."

ACWA is a statewide association whose 460 members are responsible for about 90% of the water delivered in California.

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