SPECIAL FEATURES OF MEMBER AGENCY
Los Angeles joined Metropolitan as one of its founding members. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the largest retail agency in Metropolitan's service area and is responsible for supplying the City of Los Angeles with reliable water and electricity.
Los Angeles' sources of water come from the Owens Valley and Mono Basin areas of the eastern Sierra Nevada through the gravity-flow Los Angeles Aqueduct system extending some 338 miles, from local groundwater and recycled water, and from purchased water from Metropolitan. Due to environmental commitments in the Mono Basin and Owens Valley, Los Angeles exports less water through its LAA system. A highly successful water conservation program has kept water demands at levels seen in the 1970's despite an increase in population of nearly 1 million people in the City of Los Angeles. LADWP's commitment and investment in water use efficiency is a component of providing a sustainable water supply for Los Angeles.
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