Achievements in conservation, recycling and groundwater recharge have been chronicled in this report since the enactment of California Senate Bill 60 (SB60) in 1999. SB60 added Section 130.5 to the Metropolitan Water District Act (MWD Act) which states, “The Legislature finds and declares ... The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shall place increased emphasis on sustainable, environmentally sound, and cost-effective water conservation, recycling, and groundwater storage and replenishment measures.”
Metropolitan Water District's Annual Progress Report 2015
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In general, conservation is encouraged with financial incentives and a tiered pricing structure, outreach and education programs, and support for new plumbing codes and other regulations that facilitate water savings.
Water recycling, groundwater recovery and groundwater storage are important elements in the region’s diverse local resource portfolio and help bring greater water supply reliability. Metropolitan provides financial incentives through its Local Resources Program (LRP) for the development and use of recycled water and recovered groundwater.
Metropolitan is active on planning boards and organizations formed to improve watershed management and restoration.
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