Surface Water Project Approved by Voters, But Challenges May Lie Ahead

Measure I passed by almost 8 points -- 54.1 to 45.9 percent.


Voters approved the surface water project Tuesday night, which means water could begin being piped into Davis from the Sacramento River by 2016. With the project comes higher water rates for the Davis community. 

Measure I passed by a margin of 54.1 to 45.9 percent. About 40 percent of registered Davis voters cast their mail-in ballot in the election, according to the Davis Enterprise

The $113 million project will import treated Sacramento River water to Davis and Woodland, replacing each city’s ground well drinking water supply entirely except during peak consumption periods in the summer. If the project remains on schedule, construction would begin later this year.

But the Davis Vanguard writes that challenges remain ahead, "at least judging by the response from Michael Harrington on the No on Measure I side." 

"Round two now over," Mr. Harrington said cryptically.  "The score is tied."

He would offer no response to the Vanguard's follow-up question.

The Vanguard goes on to speculate about what Harrington might mean, and what challenges may come next. Read David Greenwald's analysis here

Share your thoughts about the measure I vote below. Read an in-depth story about the election on the Davis Enterprise

LG95618 March 07, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I think we are being dupped. Pricing for any product should never increase that rapidly unless something is awry. Reminds me of gas prices.
Roberto March 07, 2013 at 07:26 PM
This measure should have never passed. It's just a classic example of uninformed OR misinformed tax payers. Far too many Davisites drank the coolaide. We'll be VERY sorry this passed.


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