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Will the Southland wind up holding much of the $17-billion bill for the delta water tunnels?

A waterway along Route 4 in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, right outside of Stockton.
(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.