Metropolitan is a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 member public agencies serving 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. Metropolitan currently delivers an average of 1.7 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.
To supply Southern California with reliable and safe water, Metropolitan owns and operates an extensive range of capital facilities including the Colorado River Aqueduct, 16 hydroelectric facilities, nine reservoirs, nearly 1,000 miles of large-scale pipes and five water treatment plants. Four of these treatment plants are among the 10 largest plants in the world. In fact, Metropolitan is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the United States. The District imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its member agencies develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other local resource programs.
The Metropolitan Water District has a well-earned reputation as a news media resource on a variety of local, regional, state, national and global water-related issues and topics.
Our Press Office staff looks forward to working with you to arrange interviews with Metropolitan experts on a host of topics:
- The history and development of water resources in Southern California
- The Colorado River
- Metropolitan's Colorado River Aqueduct
- The State Water Project
- California's water system
- The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
- Water resource management, including water conservation and recycling efforts
- Seawater desalination
- Source water protection
- How Metropolitan meets drinking water standards
- Habitat conservation plans and environmental restoration
- Metropolitan's budget and related fiscal matters
In addition, Metropolitan has access to a wide-ranging collection of historical images and digital pictures as well as video footage that may help you tell your story. Let us know what your needs are, and we'll try our best to accommodate your request.
Below is a list of additional water information resources.
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