May 29, 2008

Los Angeles Outlines Billion-Dollar Water Conservation Plan

Plan combines short- and long-term steps to conserve water

The city of Los Angeles has unveiled a plan to invest approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion in improved water infrastructure over the next 20 years, including expanded water recycling capacity, improved groundwater recharge and other water conservation measures. The plan, developed by the office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), is designed to address projections of a 15% population increase in the city by 2030, stressing local water supplies even further.

Dubbed “Securing L.A.’s Water Future,” the plan combines short-term steps to conserve water, including stepped-up enforcement of water use restrictions, with long-term measures focusing on groundwater recharge and a citywide water recycling initiative.

Key to the water recycling investment will be an upgrade to the Tillman Water Plant to include advanced water treatment technology.