LADWP to Present Long-Term Water Resources Strategy

LADWP to Present Long-Term Water Resources Strategy

LOS ANGELES–The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is hosting four public outreach meetings this January to publicly present Los Angeles’ preliminary long-term strategy for managing water resources and ensuring water-supply reliability through the year 2040, and is seeking input and comments from the public. The first was held Tuesday, January 19th at the California Endowment; three more are upcoming. All LADWP customers and stakeholders are invited to participate and provide feedback at any of the following meetings:

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Council District 3 Office, 19040 Vanowen Street, Reseda, CA 91135

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Felicia Mahood Multipurpose Center, 11338 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

LADWP Headquarters, 111 N. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This meeting is also available via webcast. To access the webcast, RSVP to Instructions for webcast logon will be provided by email in advance of the meeting. 

LADWP is updating its 2015 Urban Water Management Plan, and when completed, will offer a detailed discussion on the status of Los Angeles’ imported water sources, and provide an update of future water supply and demand for the City based on the latest population and economic growth data. The plan is released every five years and contains updates to the long term management and development of water resource. The UWMP is a State requirement for compliance with the California Urban Water Management Planning Act.

To meet future water demand, the 2015 plan forecasts implementation of a diverse resource mix that includes increasing and further developing local water supplies in the areas of stormwater capture, conservation and recycled water. Addressing the contamination in the City’s groundwater basin will also play critical role in the future.  All of these components will help reduce the region’s demands for imported water purchases.

“We invite customers and residents to take part in the process of the 2015 UWMP as it is a critical component of the city’s future,” said Marty Adams, LADWP Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System. “LA has experienced some of the driest years on record since the last version of the plan was released in 2010. Engage with us as we carefully plan for the future needs of our customers particularly in light of historic drought conditions.”

In response to the drought, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued near and long term responses through his Executive Directive No. 5 and Sustainable City pLAn In the near term, the Directive calls for reduction of per capita water use by 20 percent by 2017.  In the long term, the pLAn calls for 25 percent reduction in per capita water use by 2035, a 50 percent reduction in purchased imported water by 2025, and a 50 percent source local water goal by year 2035.  The UWMP goals are based on the goals set by the Mayor’s pLAn.

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