Report 2016-132 Recommendation 7 Responses

Report 2016-132: Department of Water Resources: The Unexpected Complexity of the California WaterFix Project Has Resulted in Significant Cost Increases and Delays (Release Date: October 2017)

Recommendation #7 To: Water Resources, Department of

To ensure that DWR manages WaterFix in an effective manner, DWR should complete both the economic analysis and financial analysis for WaterFix and make the analyses publicly available as soon as possible.

1-Year Agency Response

An economic analysis for the full 9,000 cfs project, as approved in July 2017, was released and made publicly available on September 20, 2018. As noted in our 6-month response, DWR has continually coordinated with the SWP and CVP public water agencies regarding exact levels of participation for this project. This coordination led to the determination that staged implementation was not needed and subsequently the revised economic analysis was released in September 2018 ( https://www.californiawaterfix.com/benefit-cost-analysis/ ). The Department will complete and make available a financial analysis once more precise information is available regarding financing components and levels of participation by the SWP and CVP public water agencies.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Forthcoming
  • Response Date: October 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

On February 12, 2018, the Department completed and made available an economic analysis based on "staged" implementation of WaterFix. This economic analysis for this staged project can be found here: https://www.californiawaterfix.com/economic-analysis/?utm_source=CA+Water+Fix+Update+Issue+%2336&utm_campaign=CA+WaterFix+Update+Issue+35&utm_medium=email DWR is considering this proposal for a staged construction in order to preserve options that may be required depending on final participation of the SWP and CVP public water agencies. However, as coordination with the SWP and CVP public water agencies continue, there may be revisions to this economic analysis and the Department will complete and make available a revised economic analysis and financial analyses once the exact levels of participation of the SWP and CVP public water agencies and the implementation schedule for the project is determined. Partially Implemented.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
  • Response Date: April 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Partially Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

The Department will complete and make available economic and financial analyses once the exact level of participation of each public water agency and the implementation schedule for the project is determined.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
  • Response Date: December 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2016-132

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.