The L.A. County Board of Supervisors has placed the Safe Clean Water Program before voters on the November 6, 2018 ballot. If approved by local voters, this Program will provide local, dedicated funding to increase our local water supply, improve water quality, and protect public health.
Safe Clean Water Program Goals
Developed in collaboration with public health, environmental groups, cities, business, labor, and community-based organizations, the Safe Clean Water Program would:
- Implement a new plan for L.A.’s water system to capture the billions of gallons of water we lose each year.
- Help protect our coastal waters and beaches from the trash and contaminants in stormwater that make people sick and threaten marine life.
- Modernize our 100 year-old water system infrastructure, using a combination of nature, science, and new technology.
- Help protect public health, ensuring safer, greener, healthier, and more livable spaces for all.
- Prepare our region for the effects of a changing climate — including recurring cycles of drought, wildfire, and flooding.
- Require strict community oversight and independent auditing which would ensure local monies raised would stay local.
Locally-Controlled, Dedicated Funding
If approved by 66.7% of voters, the Safe, Clean Water Program would generate approximately $300 million per year by implementing a special parcel tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of impermeable surface area — paved/built areas where rainfall cannot be absorbed into the ground and instead runs off as stormwater — on private property in the L.A. County Flood Control District (about $83 per year for the median home). Publicly owned parcels, including schools, are exempt under state law. Credits for property owners who have installed stormwater-capture improvements are included. Qualifying low-income seniors and non-profit organizations are eligible for exemption.
Strong Fiscal Accountability
The Safe Clean Water Program includes strict accountability requirements. All money must stay local to protect our clean water and increase our local water supply with annual reports and independent audits required.
For more information, visit our FAQ page and Program Details page