The California Department of Water Resources has announced an option to build California WaterFix in
. The first stage would include one tunnel and two intakes on the Sacramento River and would supply two-thirds of the project's total conveyance capacity - 6,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).
The state also released an
showing the benefits outweigh the costs to ratepayers in every scenario analyzed for this first stage of California WaterFix.
Metropolitan and other State Water Contactors have expressed their willingness to support and invest in the project. This staged approach reflects the funding that appears to be available to modernize the statewide water delivery system.
Discussions are also ongoing with federal Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors.
Metropolitan's board voted in October 2017 to support its share of the full two-tunnel project. At the Board's Water Planning and Stewardship Committee meeting last week, staff updated directors on these plans to stage construction of the project.
Based on current information and depending on the participation of some federal water contractors, the cost increase for an average household in Met's service area would remain at about $2/mo. If Met makes a larger investment in the staged project, the cost could change to reflect that role.
Staff will return to the board in the coming weeks with additional details on operations, costs and benefits.