Harder Pushes for Passage of His Water Bill During Congressional Hearing

June 13, 2019
Press Release
SAVE Water Resources Act Would Expand Access to Water for Central Valley

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) testified at a congressional subcommittee hearing on his SAVE Water Resources Act, legislation designed to help grow and sustain the Central Valley’s water supply. The hearing also included expert testimony from Anthea Hansen, General Manager of the Del Puerto Water District in Patterson, regarding the positive effects the bill would have in the district and state for years to come. Today’s hearing signals a monumental first step of moving the bill through the legislative process and becoming law.

“Getting this done is my top legislative priority, and today’s hearing is a big step in the right direction,’ said Rep. Harder. “This is the 21st-century water policy we need in the Central Valley and I’m going to keep fighting until we make it law.”

“I appreciate Congressman Harder's recognition that our water system fails to adequately and reliably serve the needs of agriculture,  the environment, and the people of our State,” said Anthea Hansen, General Manager, Del Puerto Water District. “I look forward to working with him to make his legislation successful.”

Rep. Harder’s SAVE Water Resources Act provides an all-the-above approach to addressing water issues facing the Central Valley by increasing storage opportunities, spurring innovation in water technologies, and making long-overdue investments in our aging water infrastructure. Although water policies are often viewed as contentious issues, Rep. Harder has spent months sourcing water ideas directly from a wide array of local stakeholders and experts to ensure the final bill reflects the needs of a diverse set of water users. The bill has broad bipartisan support from over a dozen local organizations and elected officials.