The Zone 7 Water Agency board will decide whether to give its sign of support for a $15 billion statewide water project at its meeting tonight.
The board, which regulates the organization that sells water to Tri-Valley cities including Pleasanton, will vote whether to approve a resolution supporting the California WaterFix, a proposal to create large underground pipes to funnel water from the Sierras to participating agencies more reliably than the current infrastructure.
At a public meeting last month, some board members indicated support for the project, noting the inconsistent nature of the current State Water Project that provides 80% of Zone 7's water. Some board members emphasized the need for more community input before they give their stamp of approval.
"I think the public buy-in is going to be critical," said board member Angela Ramirez Holmes.
Any vote made by board members Wednesday night would be purely symbolic and would not dedicate local funds to the project, nor would it change the trajectory of the California WaterFix.
A separate vote would go before the board before it could dedicate more money to the project, which would be necessary if the agency is going to receive water in the future from this pipeline.
However, Zone 7 staff said last month that the agency has put about $2.4 million into the project as their share of the project's $240 million environmental documents and initial design.
Zone 7 Water Agency will meet for open session at 6:30 p.m. for closed session and at 7 p.m. for open session at 100 North Canyons Parkway in Livermore.