Cannella/Vidak: It's Time to Pass an Essential Water Bond

New Legislation Pares Water Bond Currently on the Ballot
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Senators Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) and Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) today announced new legislation to put a water bond on the November ballot that prioritizes water storage, clean drinking water and Delta sustainability.

Senate Bill 927 pares down the water bond the Legislature negotiated in 2009 to focus on water projects that are essential to move, store or clean water.

“During our driest year on record, California must invest in increasing our water supply,” said Cannella. “It was just four years ago when we faced a similar situation and, if we do not act this year, our problems will grow.”

“Water is life, it’s food, it’s jobs.  It’s a crying shame to let precious water wash out to sea,” said Vidak.  “It’s time for leadership, not delay. It’s time Sacramento made water storage and access to clean drinking water a state priority.”

Concerns have been raised that the cost of the current $11.1 billion water bond is too high and contains too many earmarked regional projects.

SB 927 offers a $9.2 billion water bond that maintains $3 billion for water storage, $2.5 billion to protect the Delta water supply and $1 billion for clean drinking water, with a boost of $400 million for disadvantaged communities.

To view the complete bill language, click here.