Los Angeles city and county representatives Friday hosted a discussion with state officials to address ways to increase local water supplies and to support a proposed statewide water system.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was joined by the California Secretary of Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot, and Secretary of Environmental Protection, Jared Blumenfeld, to discuss the city’s maintenance of its water sources.
“We are proud to work hand-in-hand with our state leaders to advance an agenda that protects ratepayers, preserves our environment, diversifies our water portfolio and protects our natural resources in the face of intense droughts and the rising tide of climate change,” Garcetti said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom directed his administration to develop a Water Resilience Portfolio for the state earlier this year, a comprehensive strategy to redesign California’s water infrastructure to ensure long-term resilience and environmental protection.
“We need an all-of-the-above approach on water to address the daunting challenges we face,” Blumenfeld said. “The governor’s water portfolio strategy challenges us to think broadly and act boldly to ensure that our communities, our environment and our economy thrive over the long term even as our climate grows more variable.”
Garcetti announced earlier this year that Los Angeles will source 70% of its water locally by 2035 by implementing a range of local water solutions, including:
— Increasing recycling capabilities at the city’s four water treatment facilities to recycle 100% of Los Angeles’s wastewater by 2035, which will expand water recycling and reduce reliance on imported water.
— Four planned projects to remediate the San Fernando Valley Groundwater Basin by 2023, an aquifer that can provide enough drinking water for more than 800,000 Angelenos.
— The passage of Measure W, a $300 million measure approved by county voters in 2018 to fund infrastructure projects and programs to capture, treat and recycle rainwater.
Also at the discussion were representatives from the California Department of Natural Resources, Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Department of Water and Power and Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment.
Following the roundtable discussion, city staff took the state officials on a tour of local water projects, including stormwater capture developments, a groundwater remediation site and a water recycling facility.