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June 2013
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Metropolitan Prepared to Meet Record Dry Conditions

Diamond Valley Lake

This spring’s wildfires in Southern California are a prelude to an expected long, hot summer and high water demands. The blazes come on the heels of record dry conditions in the Sierra Nevada, where January through May was the driest such period since recordkeeping began in the 1920s.

Despite those conditions, the Metropolitan Water District is prepared to meet the region’s water supply needs in 2013 because of its record storage reserves which were built to meet the demands and challenges of a dry year.

These reserves will be used to make water deliveries to Metropolitan’s 26 member agencies. Even with strong reserves, it is important that Southern California continue water conservation and water-use efficiency practices. Wise water use is essential year-round, in dry and wet years, to ensure adequate and reliable water supplies for today and in the future.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Update

Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta

State and federal agencies have released the final draft chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. These documents detail a comprehensive plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta habitat and its conveyance system that provides approximately 30 percent of Southern California’s water supply. Click here to read Metropolitan’s General Manager’s statement.

The BDCP will fundamentally and systematically improve the state’s water supply reliability and help restore the Delta’s ecosystem. Click here to read the Metropolitan’s BDCP fact sheet.

First, BDCP is advancing a habitat conservation plan that identifies 22 conservation measures to help restore the health of the Delta - the largest estuary on the West Coast. The decline of numerous fish species has led to restrictions on the state and federal water systems that provide supplies to Southern California, the Bay Area and San Joaquin Valley agriculture.


News Events

Watering Index
Summer brings long days and hot temperatures. Make sure you adjust your watering accordingly for the best water use efficiency. Click here to bewaterwise.

Spring Green

Metropolitan’s 6th Annual Spring Green Expo was held on Thursday, May 16. This one-day event provided information about learning to live and work in a more environmentally-friendly way and have fun in the process. The event featured green vendor exhibits, student sustainability projects, environmental seminars and a water-related photo exhibit.

The event took place at Metropolitan’s Headquarters building in downtown Los Angeles. The Expo featured “Green” exhibits highlighting technology, products, services and programs and an Eco-Innovators Showcase, highlighting sustainability projects created by Southern California college students.

Solar Cup

Metropolitan’s 11th annual Solar Cup, the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition, wrapped up after two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Students from Savanna High School in Anaheim and Glendora High School claimed the top awards among hundreds of students who represented schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

Along with preparing the boats for racing, the students apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications, while learning about Southern California’s water resources, resource management and alternative energy development during the months-long education program.

Click here to learn more about the Solar Cup Program.


Metropolitan At Work

Landscape Irrigation Survey

Metropolitan has launched a new service that will provide a no-cost irrigation efficiency survey for property owners of commercial, industrial, institutional and common area landscapes one acre or larger. A certified landscape irrigation auditor will provide written recommendations for qualifying properties in Metropolitan’s 5,200 square-mile service area. Eligible landscapes include commercial and industrial sites, homeowner association common areas, and institutional locations like schools, parks and government facilities.

Surveys will include a review of the irrigation system including system pressure; controllers; site conditions and irrigation scheduling; and issues that cause high water use such as valve malfunctions, high or low pressure, sprinkler misalignment, poor drainage, breaks, leaks and runoff.   Click here for more information. 


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