Council Mounts Effort to Protect Vital Regional Water Supply

A campaign to dismantle the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir — the source of clean, reliable and affordable drinking water for 2.5 million residents and businesses of San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the East Bay – picked up steam this week with a request by Rep. Dan Lungren to investigate whether San Francisco has been a good steward of the resource. The Bay Area Council has been a strong supporter of keeping the Hetch Hetchy system in place and believes that San Francisco and our region’s strong conservation and water recycling efforts demonstrate well that we do not take this valuable asset for granted. The Council also believes that spending $10 billion to remove a vital piece of infrastructure that benefits so many Californians makes little financial or economic sense at a time when we should be investing public resources to meet our many unmet infrastructure needs. To learn more about the Council’s efforts to protect Hetch Hetchy water, contact Matt Regan at

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