Metropolitan Water District Posts New Report Outlining Investments in Conservation, Recycling and Groundwater Recovery

For your information, the following is a link to Metropolitan Water District’s annual overview of the agency’s achievements in conservation, recycling and groundwater recharge, now posted on the district’s website. As you research water-related stories this year, please feel free to use the information provided by this report as a reference.

Covering fiscal year 2016/17, the report details the backstories behind some milestone achievements, including Metropolitan’s cumulative investment of $772 million in conservation, $448 million in water recycling and $151 million in groundwater recovery. These and other investments have brought Metropolitan and its member agencies recognition as national leaders in water resource management.

Metropolitan annually produces the report in response to Senate Bill 60, passed by the California Legislature in 1999, calling for the district to “expand water conservation, water recycling, and groundwater recovery efforts” and to “place increased emphasis on sustainable, environmentally sound, and cost-effective” measures.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative of 26 cities and water agencies serving nearly 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.