City needs long-term water solution

The Davis-Woodland Water Supply Project will provide our city with a long-term, sustainable supply of clean water. It will draw new surface water from the Sacramento River to supplement our existing groundwater supply, providing higher quality water to customers in Davis and Woodland.

The city of Davis has always relied solely on groundwater. Over time, our groundwater supply has deteriorated in quantity and quality, and we have had to drill additional and deeper wells. In Davis’ 1989 Water Master Plan, we recognized that groundwater alone was neither fiscally nor environmentally sustainable. The city began planning to add surface water supply to create a “conjunctive use” system of surface water for our primary source, and groundwater for summer peaks and backup use.

New surface water will decrease concentrations of salt and selenium in our wastewater. These minerals are costly to remove and have adverse environmental impacts on waterways and wetlands.

The proposed project has been thoroughly examined by the Davis Water Advisory Committee. The committee ultimately recommended this project as the best solution to improve water quality and system reliability. The committee also limited project capacity, which reduced estimated construction costs to $114 million.

If this ballot measure is approved, the project will be advanced. Sharing costs with Woodland saves Davis millions of dollars compared to building a Davis-only project. The current economic climate for competitive construction bids is excellent.

Increased water rates to finance the project are being proposed using the state Constitution’s required Proposition 218 process. Complete rate information is explained at www.cityofdavis.org.

We are increasing community-wide water conservation measures to prolong the useful life of our groundwater and surface water resources.

It is imperative for the welfare of our community that we establish a reliable water system. Please join us in voting Yes to support the future of Davis.

Joe Krovoza, mayor; Lucas Frerichs, City Council member; Rochelle Swanson, City Council member; Dan Wolk, mayor pro tempore; and Brett Lee, City Council member

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