Water Authority Responds to State Drought Relief Financing and Assistance Legislation

February 19, 2014

"We applaud the rapid response and leadership demonstrated by California's leaders today – Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Steinberg…

"We applaud the rapid response and leadership demonstrated by California's leaders today – Governor Brown, Senate President Pro Tempore Steinberg and Speaker Pérez – in announcing drought relief financing and assistance legislation,” said Thomas V. Wornham, Chair of the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors.

“All regions of the state can benefit from expedited regional funding programs and targeted efforts to quickly get water supply and drought relief projects into development,” Wornham said.  “As we have learned and implemented in San Diego County, a sustained focus on local and regional water supply development and conservation is vitally important in any strategy to successfully manage the wide variations in California's hydrology.

“The Water Authority looks forward to working with the Legislature and administration on legislation that provides meaningful opportunities for drought relief.”

More information about the current Level 1 Drought Watch condition in San Diego County is at www.sdcwa.org/drought-response. For more information about the state legislation announced Wednesday, go to http://gov.ca.gov/home.php.

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $240 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

    Media Contact Information

    Ed Joyce

    Phone: (949) 276-1675

    Email: Ejoyce@sdcwa.org