Addressing Climate Change
Climate change is proving to be one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever faced to the reliability of Southern California’s water supplies. Every watershed the region has depended on, from the Colorado River to the Sierra Nevada to those that feed our own groundwater basins, is becoming less reliable. Metropolitan has long recognized this threat, and we’ve been preparing for this new reality for more than two decades through our Integrated Water Resources Plan. We’ve invested in local supplies, developed new storage, and increased our system’s flexibility to take advantage of water when it’s available from our diverse sources. We’ve also taken big steps to minimize the effects of climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — a commitment we’re furthering through our Climate Action Plan.
Through a highly collaborative process, Metropolitan has adopted a Climate Action Plan detailing how we will strengthen our commitment to environmental sustainability, increase the resiliency of operations and provide a pathway to achieve our ultimate goal of carbon neutrality. This ambitious plan, approved by Metropolitan’s board in May 2022, provides nine strategies that include utility improvements at Metropolitan facilities, a zero emissions fleet, and increased support of conservation and local water resources programs. The strategies included in the CAP provide the benefits of improved infrastructure reliability, greater energy resiliency, and reduced costs linked to energy purchase and maintenance. Read the final Climate Action Plan.
As we face unprecedented and challenging times of historic dry conditions and shortage declarations for our imported water supplies, Metropolitan is committed to ensure that all portions of our service area have a high level of reliability.
Our board has pledged to identify and implement measures to ensure that these demands are met with considerations to system improvements, local water supply development, new storage and programs to increase conservation. Read our regional outlook on addressing these concerns.
Drought is the new normal in California. Learn what you can do to save water in this video produced by the State Water Contractor’s, the California Department of Water Resources and Save Our Water. Watch the video.