Water Conservation Still a Critical Piece of Southern California's Reliable Water Supply
Monrovia, CA -- Why is there water in the San Gabriel River when it has been a dry rainy season? Years of good planning and investment in water storage projects are paying off. Potentially facing a third consecutive dry year, Upper District is still able to replenish local groundwater supplies with water pumped from Northern California provided by the Metropolitan Water District.
Even though state and federal reservoirs are well below average for this time of year, and next year's supply allocations from the state may be very low; Metropolitan has enough water stored to provide a reliable supply. San Gabriel Valley water providers are now tapping into those regional supplies and storing them here in the local groundwater basin.
"Metropolitan delivers the water to the San Gabriel Canyon and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District spreads it on the ground so it sinks back into the groundwater basin – providing a future supply in case this coming winter is also dry," said Upper District Director Michael Touhey. "Using water as efficiently as possible in our homes, businesses and outdoors gives water agencies the ability to save that extra water and store it underground so we can use it in the future. This is the most inexpensive way to ensure a reliable future water supply."
To know more about water conservation tips for landscaping, indoor water use and water saving incentive programs, Upper District encourages residents to visit, www.socalwatersmart.com.
"Residents are encouraged to conserve and use water wisely in their homes and businesses," said Upper District Board President Anthony Fellow. "There are many ways people can conserve water every day and contribute to the reliability of the water supply."
Upper District's mission is to provide a reliable, sustainable, diversified and affordable portfolio of high quality water supplies to the San Gabriel Valley; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water. Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District's service area. For more information about Upper District, please visit our website www.usgvmwd.org or call 626-443-2297.