Metropolitan General Manager’s Statement on Gov. Newsom’s State of the State Address, California WaterFix

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California, issues the following statement on Gov.
Gavin Newsom’s comments regarding California WaterFix during his State
of the State address today:

“Metropolitan welcomes Governor Newsom’s endorsement of modernizing
California’s water conveyance system in the Delta. While a single tunnel
project will not resolve all pumping problems in the Delta and is less
flexible for dealing with climate change impacts, it is imperative that
we move forward rapidly on a conveyance project. Having no Delta fix
imperils all of California. We intend to work constructively with the
Newsom Administration on developing a refined California WaterFix
project that addresses the needs of cities, farms and the environment.”

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a
state-established cooperative that, along with its 26 cities and retail
suppliers, provide water for nearly 19 million people in six counties.
The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern
California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to
develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other
resource-management programs.

Contacts

Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450
(202) 821-5253, mobile

Maritza Fairfield, (213) 217-6853
(909) 816-7722, mobile