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Rodriguez Statement on Water Bond

For immediate release:

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez released the following statement on the passing of the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014:

“Today the legislature came together in a strong, bipartisan agreement to pass a water bond that ensures water reliability, is fiscally responsible and addresses the critical needs of our state and the Inland Empire, especially during this historic drought. Local water agencies will be able to apply for funds from this bond to invest in groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects which are both critically important to our region. The water bond also provides $3 billion for water storage and dam construction which is an important component of drought preparedness. Most importantly, this is a smaller, more acceptable alternative.”

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 is a $7.545 billion funding package that includes $900 million for groundwater cleanup, $750 million for water recycling projects and $520 million for projects that provide clean, safe, and reliable drinking water.