While Southern California’s population and economy continue to grow, its water supply doesn’t. In the next 15 years, our region is expected to gain as many as 2.6 million new residents. That’s almost like having everyone in the state of Kansas moving west. Meeting this future demand is what we are hard at work on every day.
Funding for the SoCal Water$mart program is provided through a partnership between the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) and its 26 member agencies throughout Southern California. Their commitment to developing an affordable balance between supply and demand has made “finding” water a mission. The business sector has not only benefited greatly from the program, but has also become a strong partner in water conservation efforts.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state chartered cooperative of 26 member agencies—cities and public water agencies—that serve about 18 million people in six counties. Metropolitan imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and help its members to develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs. Metropolitan draws supplies through the Colorado River Aqueduct, which it owns and operates. Water supplies also come from Northern California via the State Water Project and from local programs and transfer arrangements. About half of Southern California’s water supply comes from local sources, and these local supplies include increasing conservation, water recycling and recovered groundwater.
MWD Mission Statement
The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.