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May 2010
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Spring Storms Increase State Water Deliveries. Despite Increase, Water Shortage Continues

Ongoing pumping restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect endangered fish and restore the ecosystem continue to limit the amount of water delivered to Metropolitan and Southern California. The loss of supply is equivalent to the amount of water needed by a city the size of Anaheim for more than three years.

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News Events

Metropolitan Begins New Educational Campaign

Metropolitan’s new educational advertising campaign, "50 Percent Less," began May 17. The ads focus on water supply shortages caused by pumping restrictions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the need to restore the Delta’s ecosystem and modernize the water delivery system. The campaign also emphasizes the ongoing need to practice long-term conservation. The ads run through June on television and on-line and also on radio in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean.

Rebate Programs Relaunch on June 1
The SoCal Water$mart rebate program for residential water customers and the Save A Buck rebate program for commercial water customers will relaunch for fiscal year 2010/11 on June 1. Check out to learn about program changes and money-saving rebates available in your area. Eligible products include rotating sprinkler nozzles, WaterSense toilets, high-efficiency clothes washers and smart sprinkler controllers.

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Member Agency Highlights


New Ocean Outfall Anchors Water Supply Reliability Program in Ventura County

Following nearly a decade of planning, Calleguas Municipal Water District is in the final stages of completing a new ocean outfall in the city of Port Hueneme.

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Metropolitan At Work

Solar Cup
Teams from 36 Southern California high schools competed May 14-16 at the eighth-annual Solar Cup competition held at Lake Skinner near Temecula. The competition was the culmination of a seven-month long program that included about 700 students building and then racing solar-powered boats. The students also learned about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and much more.    Click here for final results. Click here for more information about Solar Cup.

Global Water & Technology Forum
A gathering of about 900 convened May 20 at Diamond Valley Lake to take part in Metropolitan’s first Global Water & Technology Forum. The forum focused attention on the challenges facing society in managing technology, water resources and climate change. The day-long forum brought together a diversity of groups including the business community, investors, innovators, scientists, academicians, public agencies and the public. Click here for more information.
Click here to view a slideshow of the event.

Spring Green Expo – June 10, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Attend seminars, visit exhibits of green products and listen to guest speakers at the 3rd annual event. Click here for more information and to register for the event.

The quagga mussel is tiny, but its presence is huge—and hugely destructive. Quaggas are an invasive species and major problem for Metropolitan and water providers throughout the country. Read the entire story.


At A Glance

Watering Index Widget:
Support Southern California water conservation efforts by adding the Watering Index to your Web site. The index helps residents save water and money on their water bills by having them adjust their sprinkler controllers as the temperature changes.

Weymouth Treatment Plant Turns 70
Completed in 1940, the F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant, one of Metropolitan's five treatment plants, ranks as one of the largest water treatment facilities in the United States, with a design capacity of 520 million gallons per day for distribution to Los Angeles and Orange counties. The plant is currently undergoing extensive rehabilitation with upgrades to various systems, including electrical, and plans are underway for an ozone treatment system and a solar power generation facility. Weymouth has also long served as a visual icon for the Metropolitan Water District, with its Mission Revival style architecture, blue-tiled bell tower, vivid mosaic and colorful tiles.

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                                                                                       Weymouth Water Treatment Plant


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