The State Water Project is the nation’s largest, state-built water and power development and delivery system, supplying clean, high-quality water to 25 million Californians.
It's one of California's cleanest and most cost-effective water supply sources.
The State Water Project gets us through droughts more efficiently than any other source, augments local water supply sources and recharges groundwater basins.
Some regions rely on the State Water Project for up to 80% of their supply.
The vast majority of the state’s water supplies come from the high Sierra Nevada Mountains where rainfall and snowmelt fill rivers and tributaries that travel toward the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The SWP captures and stores a small share of these supplies, which are then delivered through 700 miles of canals and pipelines for use throughout the state.
The Delta is home to more than 700 native species and serves as California's primary freshwater supply hub - the heart of the State Water Project and its federal counterpart, the Central Valley Project, as well as many farms and landowners within the Delta region.
California must reinvest in its water future. The state's outdated water delivery system tasked with protecting and moving supplies through the Delta is no longer fit for the job.
Earthquakes and rising sea levels pose a constant threat to freshwater
Crumbling infrastructure coupled with strict environmental restrictions prevent water managers from capturing needed rainfall when it's abundent
The environment still deteriorates
The proposed solution, California WaterFix, aims to protect the Delta and improve water reliability for all who depend on this critical supply. The centerpiece of the project is the construction of two pipelines to move water under - rather than through - the fragile Delta.
Secure California's water supply and provide safe, reliable water throughout the state.
Provide water agencies the flexibility to capture and store more water when supplies are available, enabling the state to better prepare and minimize the impacts of future droughts.
Built to withstand earthquakes and protect this critical water supply from potential disruptions caused by climate change.
Restore the natural direction of Delta river flows by moving the primary diversion point from the South Delta to the North Delta, benefiting threatened fish species.
California WaterFix was developed over nearly a decade of extensive expert review, planning, and scientific and environmental analysis. Public water agencies that purchase water from the State Water Project and Central Valley Project would fund the construction, ongoing operations and any environmental mitigation associated with the project.
For more information, please visit www.californiawaterfix.com.
Built in the 1960s, the State Water Project generates and uses hydropower and remains a valuable investment in California's infrastructure. As California's fourth-largest energy producer, it's ahead of every major utility in meeting the state's 2050 carbon goals.