A week after state officials threatened to dump the Southland's water into the Pacific Ocean, officials from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and three Inland Valley water agencies will sign a 25-year agreement for massive groundwater storage project in an aquifer underlying much of the valley. The project will store more than 30 billion gallons of water when it's available and use portions of it during dry times and emergencies.
The partnership among Metropolitan, Inland Empire, Three Valleys and the Chino Basin Watermaster will provide up to 100,000 acre-feet of storage in the basin, a large aquifer underlying an area stretching from the city of Pomona to Chino. During dry years and emergencies, the project will produce enough water for more than 65,000 families.
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