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December 2012
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2012 - A Year in Review

Diamond Valley Lake

Against a backdrop of shifting weather patterns in the West, Metropolitan is making strides to ensure the reliability of its water supply and delivery system through continued sustained investment in infrastructure and increased water storage.

Because of its strategic investments in Diamond Valley Lake and the Inland Feeder pipeline, Metropolitan was able to take advantage of improved conditions last year on the Colorado River and its record snowpack, helping the district end 2012 with record-high water reserves.

Board Chairman Foley begins new term Jan. 1

John V. Foley will kick off his second term as chairman of the Metropolitan Water District board of directors in January.

Chairman John V. Foley

Foley, who represents the Municipal Water District of Orange County on Metropolitan's board, was unanimously re-elected to a second term by his fellow board members in October. He previously presided as Metropolitan board chairman from December 1993 through 1998, and has represented MWDOC on the Metropolitan board since 1989.

Metropolitan At Work

2012-13 Shutdown Season

Repairs during the Colorado River Aqueduct shutdown

Preparations for new ozone facilities at Metropolitan's oldest water treatment plant and upgrades and repairs to its regional upper feeder pipeline top the list of projects planned by the district during its 2012-13 shutdown season.

Solar Cup 2013 Underway

Student teams from 40 high schools throughout Southern California have begun the seven-month program that concludes with the nation's largest solar-powered boat competition in May 2013. Learn more about Solar Cup by viewing the video here.



News Events

Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Update

The state Department of Water Resources recently held a public meeting and announced an updated schedule for the BDCP. The draft BDCP and the environmental impact statement/reports are now scheduled for release in the spring of 2013, with the final BDCP and EIS/EIR expected by the end of 2013. The department also released a fact sheet showing the BDCP is a much improved proposal from the previous proposal known as the peripheral canal, reflecting new scientific realities and regulatory framework to protect the environment.


Historic Agreement on Colorado River Supplies

Representatives from U.S. and Mexico signed a landmark binational agreement in San Diego Nov. 20 that will guide future management of the Colorado River through 2017. The five-year agreement, which was approved by both governments as part of measures related to the 1944 Treaty with Mexico, outlines a series of joint cooperative actions between the United States and Mexico. Elements of the agreement include efforts to enhance water infrastructure and promote sharing, storing, and conserving water as needed during both shortages and surpluses.


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Member Agency Highlights


City of Torrance 100 Years

This was a special year for the city of Torrance as it celebrated its Centennial birthday. The Centennial was both an opportunity for the city to look back at its rich history as well as a chance to look forward to a positive future.

In 1912, the Dominguez Land Company formed the Torrance Water, Light and Power Company to provide water service to the expanding area, which was later incorporated as the city of Torrance in 1921.


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