When the City of Fresno undertook its Recharge Fresno initiative, a half-billion-dollar water infrastructure project, you’d be hard pressed to find a taxpayer who didn’t think it wasn’t going to go over-budget or finish construction long past its stated deadline.
You’d be wrong. Sorta.
CVObserver reports that the project, which adds a mountainous amount of piping for California’s fifth largest city and will construct a new water treatment plant in Southeast Fresno, is actually projected to finish with some money in reserve.
Translation: no red ink for Fresno’s massive water infrastructure upgrade.
The downside, however, is that one of the key portions of the project, a pipeline to West Fresno, has been indefinitely delayed due to high-speed rail.
Who’s to blame? You guessed it: the ham-handed bureaucrats at the high-speed rail authority and their contractor lackeys have failed to coordinate with the City of Fresno.
The end result: a high-speed rail-sized dent in Fresno’s goal to cut down on tapping into the aquifer.