Governor Brown: Water Crisis "This Is Serious Business!"

Where your water comes from depends on where you live and your water company, but according to Metropolitan Water District 2 out of every 3 of us drink water that comes from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Governor Jerry Brown is very concerned about its future. He says the dirt levees are fragile. An earthquake can take them down. That can trigger salt water intrusion from the bay. Such a breakdown could affect water all the way to Southern California. Says Brown, "this is serious business." That's what he said to the board of the Metropolitan Water District.

The controversial 25-billion dollar plan includes building a pair of tunnels under the delta to direct and protect water as it's sent downstate. But, it is opposed by many environmentalists and residents in the Delta area.

  Water Conservation is Serious Business

Governor Brown says, "We've got to do something. If we do nothing then that delta there will be a collapse. Will it be tomorrow? Five years? Ten years? 20 years? It's going to happen in the lifetime of people in this room."

Brown could not say if our drought will end anytime soon or if it is the new normal, but "new normal" or not, MWD officials say they're expecting a challenging summer as temperatures rise and, historically, water use does too.

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