Thursday, October 12, 2017

Southern California Water District Approves Tunnels Project

The Municipal Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to opt into California Water Fix. The water wholesaler serves 19 million residents in 26 public agencies and water districts in southern California. In doing so, the agency agreed to pay 26 percent of the cost of building and operating the controversial Delta Tunnels. The vote comes shortly after the 600,000-acre Westlands Water District declined to support the project because farmers there found the costs would outweigh the benefits of the project. The vote keeps California WaterFix on life-support, but just barely. Two other major water agencies will decide later this week whether to underwrite the project. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.