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March 2012
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Making Sure We Have Enough


Diamond Valley Lake Input/Output Tower.

For Metropolitan, 2011 was a year of accomplishments based on a legacy of smart, long-term planning and strong collaborative efforts that has left Metropolitan well-positioned to take advantage of drought-breaking rain and snowfall the past winter and spring in the Sierra Nevada and the Colorado River watershed.

As a result, Metropolitan will begin 2012 with historic levels of water reserves of more than 3.0 million acre feet of water storage. This includes a full Diamond Valley Lake, which two years ago was more than half depleted.

House Passes Hoover Power Allocation Act

On Dec. 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 470, the Hoover Power Allocation Act. It has been sent to President Obama for signature. Once signed by the president, this legislation will authorize the Hoover Dam to continue distributing power for the next half century to more than 29 million people who live in California, Nevada and Arizona.

Diamond Valley Lake Water Levels

Thanks to an extraordinarily rainy, snow-packed winter and spring, Metropolitan Water District enters fall with strong storage supplies. In fact, Metropolitan expects to have a record amount of storage by the end of the year.

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News Events

Fix A Leak Week - March 12 - 18, 2012
Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year. Remember to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Click here for more information. Visit the EPAs WaterSense Web site.

Spring is Almost Here! Remember to Change Your Timers
We haven't had much rain this winter, so it will be important to save water through the Spring and Summer months by making sure your sprinkler controller is set properly. Use Metropolitan's Watering Index and Calculator to help determine how much water your lawn and garden needs during our spring months. Bewaterwise Web site


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Member Agency Highlights

Municipal Water District of Orange County Commemorates 60 Years of Service

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) is commemorating its 60th anniversary. The celebration focuses on milestone achievements in leadership, collaboration and innovation. These efforts have resulted in significant achievements in water planning, water management, supply development, and stewardship. This has helped enhance Orange County's water reliability as well as its economy, environment and quality of life.


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Metropolitan At Work

Caring for Our Aging System


Placing Reinforcing Steel or Rebar in Colorado River Aqueduct 

Each year between October and April, Metropolitan carries out its shutdown season, temporarily taking various facilities out of service for important maintenance and upgrade servicing.

Metropolitan's ability to reliably store, treat and deliver water throughout its six-county service area, which covers about 5,200 square miles, requires treatment plants, pipelines and other essential facilities - some in service for more than 70 years - to be shut down for upkeep and improvements.



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At A Glance

  Milestones in Metropolitan History
Forty Years Ago...
Metropolitan prepares for the first deliveries from the State Water Project. The board anticipates that the Colorado River will continue to meet most of the needs of Metropolitan's service area, and that the State Water Project supplies will steadily grow over the next 20 years.

Santa Ana Wins Silver Award in the "Best Municipal Water 2012" Contest
Santa Ana's Water Resources Division has been recognized for producing one of the best tasting and highest quality tap water in the world. The City received the silver award in the “Best Municipal Water” category at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Festival, an accredited competition that attracts water submissions from all over the world each year.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Green Expo 2012 - May 3, 2012
Visit Metropolitan's Headquarters to learn how you can live and work in a more environmentally-friendly manner. See products, exhibits and attend seminars. Click here for more information.

Come to Solar Cup 2012 - May 18-20, 2012 at Lake Skinner - Open to the Public
Nearly 800 students from 41 highs schools in six Southern California counties will participate in Metropolitan Water District's Solar Cup 2012, the nation's largest solar-powered boat program. Metropolitan provides hull kits, tool boxes and technical workshops for the teams. Metropolitan's member agencies and local water retailers sponsor the teams to help equip their boats. The seven-month long program provides hands-on lessons in engineering, math, science, renewable resources and environmental education and communication.

 

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