More Water on the Way for Catalina Island
O’Donnell helps secures funding for water storage and distribution facilities
(Sacramento) – More water is on the way for Catalina Island following the preliminary approval of $10 million in grant funding from the California Department of Water Resources.
“This grant is vital to the people of Catalina Island and its tourism industry because they rely on fresh water,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “This funding will provide the residents of Avalon with a safe and adequate water supply so that they can continue to receive water service. I am proud to have helped secure these funds to build new water projects to increase capacity to residents and visitors, and I will work with the state to ensure the funds are released quickly so that construction can begin as soon as possible.”
The funds will address critical water infrastructure needs that will provide relief to residents and the tourism industry who were subjected to water rationing and fines over the last five years. As an Island, Catalina does not have access to fresh water from the mainland. Following a period of public comment, funding will go towards replacing old water pipelines, upgrading capabilities to pump desalinated water and constructing a new salt water well. This will lead to improvements in both drinking water supply reliability and public health.
The grant funding was made available from Proposition 1, which was approved by voters in 2014 to make improvements to California’s water infrastructure.
Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.
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