Los Angeles Supervisors Approve County’s First Water Plan

By the year 2045, Los Angeles County intends to stop importing 60% of its water and begin sourcing 80% locally, particularly from storm capture and recycling. That’s according to a first-of-its-kind water plan adopted by county supervisors on Tuesday.

The new plan was adopted as county leaders prepare for a future complicated by climate change. It calls for increasing the local supply by 58,000 acre-feet per year over the next two decades. That comes out to around 162 billion gallons total.

The plan isn’t just aspirational; it’s “achievable,” said the county’s Public Works Director Mark Pestrella.

The county has been working on developing a water plan since 2019. A motion was first authored by former supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The mantle was taken up by Kuehl’s successor Lindsey Horvath, who authored Tuesday’s motion to implement the proposal.

The county has already held nearly 100 stakeholder meetings. According to Pestrella, most of the county’s 200+ water districts are on record supporting the plan. He added that the effort will also make Los Angeles more competitive in seeking federal money.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times


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