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The Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018 will appear as Proposition 3 on California’s November 6 ballot. Proposition numbers were recently assigned by California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. If passed, Proposition 3 would be the third water bond adopted by California voters in the last four years.
Proposition 3 would make available $8.9 billion in general obligation bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife protection, sustainable groundwater management and repair of existing dams and canals. Proposition 3 funds would augment $1.6 billion for water-related projects already approved by voters on June 5 with the passage of Proposition 68.
On November 2018 Ballot
Passed by Voters in June 2018
Passed by Voters in 2014
“We are now on the doorstep of awarding funding from Proposition 1 to water storage projects across California,” Commission Chair Armando Quintero said. “We eagerly look forward to next month when we can make preliminary awards to these diverse projects that collectively will add 4.3 million acre-feet of water storage capacity to California.”
Maintaining a reliable water supply for our customers requires the continuous, 24/7 operation and maintenance of Helix’s water distribution system:
MILES OF PIPE
Procurement, installation, maintenance and replacement of each of the thousands of components in our water distribution system is the responsibility of Helix’s operations staff. They are the best at what they do, and nobody works harder.
We would like to say “Thank You” to all the men and women who put safe water at our fingertips, keep us warm, light our homes, manage our waste and get us where we’re going, including the public works staff at the cities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove and El Cajon, and, especially, all of the professionals right here at Helix Water District.
WHAT WE DO
The numbers below show a glimpse of what we accomplished in Fiscal Year 2016-17. It gives you an idea of what we do at Helix Water District each day.
On April 10, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors voted to spend $10.8 billion for the construction of two tunnels to transport water under the Sacramento River Delta. This week, Congressman Ken Calvert of Riverside County inserted language into a federal spending bill that would prohibit any and all state or federal lawsuits against the project.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the Colorado River is expected to carry only 43 percent of the average amount of water into Lake Powell, one of two huge reservoirs that store and distribute the river.
May 15 Snowpack
Upper Colorado River Basin
You probably don’t even have Drinking Water Week on your calendar. But, for the American Water Works Association, Drinking Water Week is right up there with our other holidays, a time for us to come together and celebrate the things that really matter – like water.
5 Reasons to Celebrate Your Tap Water
Your tap water is regulated and monitored to ensure its quality
We take over 200 tests per day at our treatment plant and use dozens of continuous monitoring devices. And we test more than 150 field samples per week to ensure that the water in our pipes maintains its quality all the way to your faucet. Quality is our highest concern.
Your tap water costs a tiny fraction of what it costs to buy your own
Your Helix tap water costs a penny a gallon, and that includes the base charge. Now go to the store. The single-use plastic bottles cost 100 times more, and the fill-your-own-container vending machine costs 20 to 50 times more. That’s why you should fill and refill your own water bottle – with tap water.
Your tap water is efficient
At 8.34 pounds per gallon, water is just about the heaviest commodity to move, and we deliver millions of gallons of it every day – through the 728 miles of pipe in our water distribution system, which your water bills help maintain. Imagine, for a second, if we delivered it in trucks. How much would that water cost? How much energy would it take? How would our roads handle the traffic, and how would you handle the congestion? Tap water is as efficient as it gets.
Your tap water is reliable
Need water? You got it. At your fingertips. Just turn on the faucet. That’s our product, our service and our promise.
Your tap water has never been better than it is now
Like the electronic device you are reading this on, technology is only getting better, faster, and smarter. As technology improves, so does water treatment, water quality monitoring and the reliability of our distribution system. We’re not in to drones and driverless cars – just the best water we can possibly provide.
Happy World Water Day―a day that brings attention and, hopefully, action to some of the world’s most pressing water challenges. This year’s theme is “exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.” It’s a concept that shows the deep linkages among many water problems—and the need to tackle these problems jointly.
California’s complex array of water challenges make it something of a policy lab for trying out a “portfolio approach” that addresses issues in an integrated way. Although California has one of the world’s largest economies, the state faces many of the same water problems seen around the world.
Photo: City of Ashland
Have you ever been to Ashland, Oregon? It’s a small town of just 21,000 people, but it has an international reputation as the home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Today, Ashland is developing a new reputation — as a leader in forest management and a model for other cities that need to protect their water resources against the ever-growing risk of wildfire.
Wildfires drop ash on to rivers and reservoirs and leave behind a burn area vulnerable to erosion. Adding sediment to water reduces water quality and increases treatment costs. And, over decades, sediment builds up behind dams, reducing the amount of water they can store.
Photo: Sacramento River, just south of Sacramento, flowing into the Delta. (Source: USFW)
From the Sacramento Bee —
In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California’s powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project, a move that raises fears of a “water grab.”
Under the plan floated Monday by three board members, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California would pour an extra $6 billion or more into the tunnels plan beyond what it has already pledged, enabling the twin tunnels to get built at the same time. Last week, facing a significant funding shortfall, the Brown administration announced it was scaling back the project to just one tunnel for now.
Map shows proposed route of twin tunnels to transport water from the Sacramento River under the Delta to the California Aqueduct, which transports the water to Southern California. (Source: KQED)
The recent news that Cape Town, South Africa—a modern city of nearly 4 million residents (plus over 1.5 million tourists yearly)—was on the brink of running out of water, the taps about to run dry, put water back into the headlines.
If we are adequately to talk about the weather this century, we are going to need a new lexicon that better captures the current reality, writes Tom Philp of Metropolitan Water District.