On behalf of The Silicon Valley Organization (The SVO), we are writing to applaud the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s (SCVWD) latest proposal to commit up to $650 million to support the California WaterFix Tunnel Project. We encourage you to support this proposal with your affirmative vote at your special Board meeting on May 2nd. By way of background, we are the Silicon Valley’s premier business advocacy organization representing 1,400+ companies that employ nearly 300,000 workers and we represent our membership as the region’s largest Chamber of Commerce.
The SVO believes that a reliable water supply is essential to California’s economy and to support businesses in Silicon Valley. Currently, the statewide water system that supports California’s water infrastructure is in dire need of restoration and our aging water system is in urgent need of repair. The California WaterFix project will deliver vital water resources through modern pipes and provide precious drinking water throughout the state. In addition, the WaterFix project is one of the most affordable options to support a reliable and regional water supply that will also power Silicon Valley’s long term economic engine.
Furthermore, SCVWD staff have taken special effort to consider the guiding principles adopted by the SCVWD Board back in October 2017 regarding the California WaterFix project. We understand that this latest proposal to support the WaterFix project is not inconsistent with these guiding principles. Thus, the Santa Clara Valley Water District should be a partner in this effort and take leadership in securing California’s water supply for the future. We urge you to support this important and vital project.