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December 2011
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2011 - A Year in Review

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

Remember to Turn Back Your Sprinkler Timers
Even though it has rained this winter, predicting future rain and snowpack is uncertain. Conservation is as important in the winter as it is in summer. Use Metropolitan's Watering Index and Calculator to help determine how much water your plants need during our winter months. Bewaterwise Web site


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.


Metropolitan At Work

Metropolitan's "Shutdown" Season

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.


At A Glance

Government Finance Officers Association Grants Metropolitan the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011. In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device. The award represents a significant achievement and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 17,400 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.


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