State OKs $485M for new Pacheco Reservoir
San Benito Free Lance » The California Water Commission has approved $484.55 million to expand the Pacheco Reservoir for drinking water reserves and improved protections for steelhead salmon. The money comes from the state’s Proposition 1 approved by California voters, and represents the full amount sought by the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
California drinking water tax dies in budget compromise
The Sacramento Bee » Lawmakers and Brown’s office scrapped the “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act,” which would have taxed residents 95 cents a month to raise millions for cleaning toxic wells. Instead, legislative leaders agreed to spend $5 million from the general fund to deal with lead in drinking water at child care centers. They also plan to allocate $23.5 million from the general fund for “safe drinking water actions later in this legislative session.”
Why Southern California is calling for a do-over on its vote to bankroll the Delta tunnels
The Sacramento Bee » A historic vote on the Delta tunnels project is getting a do-over. Southern California’s powerful water agency — the Metropolitan Water District — said Thursday its board will vote again in July on whether to pay for the lion’s share of the project, known officially as California WaterFix.
California Sued Over Delta Tunnels Project Changes
Price tag for better tasting water in the South Bay just increased by $50 million
The Mercury News » The project will boost the facility’s output from 80 million to 100 million gallons of drinking water a day. The 43-acre Rinconada Water Treatment Plant opened in 1967; the modernization addresses more stringent infrastructure, seismic stability and water quality standards than were in place then.