October 20, 2008

Metropolitan to Hold Last Public Forum on Southern California’s Water Future, in Face of Supply Challenges

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:

 WHAT:        The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will hold the last in a series of four public forums as the district begins updating its region-wide water resources plan. The updated plan will provide a roadmap for maintaining the Southland's supply reliability over the next two decades.  Through the forums, Metropolitan and its 26 member public agencies are looking to engage and seek input from local water agencies, government, business and environmental communities and other stakeholders. The input will help Metropolitan determine the right mix of imported deliveries and continued investment in water conservation, recycling, groundwater cleanup and ocean water desalination to meet future demands. This will lead to fundamental changes in the way water supply and reliability are met.  WHEN:        Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  WHERE:       Marriott San Diego Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Dr., San Diego, 92108 (San Diego County Thomas Guide page 1269, D-2)  BACKGROUND:  Since 1996, Metropolitan and its member agencies have periodically updated the region's long-term water strategies through MWD's Integrated Resources Plan, which served as a national blueprint for regional supply diversification. Record drought, climate change and environmental concerns have limited supplies imported this year from the Colorado River and Northern California. Faced with these challenges, Metropolitan is updating its IRP to outline a strategy for water reliability through the year 2030.  The San Diego event will mark the final forum Metropolitan has held, following others in Newport Beach, Ontario and Los Angeles. For more information on Metropolitan's IRP process, visit the district's Web site, mwdh2o.com.