Leading California Business Associations Back Cadiz Water Project

Cadiz Inc. today announced a diverse group of leading business associations in California, including the Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) California, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, have joined nearly 100 elected officials and organizations representing business, civic, agriculture and labor to support the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Cadiz Water Project), a public-private partnership with Southern California water providers to create a new, reliable and much-needed water supply for local communities.

“Supporting Cadiz was an easy decision for our organization to make because of the robust benefits that this project will provide to many Southern California communities that are primarily Latino and are more susceptible to rising water costs,” said Dave Rodriguez, state president at LULAC California. “When our local community water districts have access to clean, environmentally safe and reliable sources of water, Latinos will be better served and protected from volatile prices as climate change threatens to bring longer periods of drought to Southern California.”

Through the conservation of groundwater presently lost to evaporation at the base of a vast watershed in eastern San Bernardino County, the Cadiz Water Project will create a new, local water supply that can serve up to 400,000 people a year in Southern California. Once completed, it will offer underground storage capacity where surplus water can be stored until needed in future dry and drought years. The project is expected to create and support up to 6,000 jobs over two phases of construction and generate more than $6 billion in economic benefits for Southern California water ratepayers.

Project operations will be governed by a comprehensive groundwater management plan enforced by San Bernardino County that will continually monitor operations. It will be constructed on private property owned by Cadiz within existing, disturbed corridors and will not harm the environment.

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