Volume 8 | January 2023

Community Newsletter

Please Recreate Responsibly this Winter

Happy New Year! We want to help remind everyone to #RecreateResponsibly this winter season. Keep our winter playgrounds clean, and pack out any waste. Consider your responsibility to protect our climate--today’s snow is tomorrow’s water.

Protecting the Environment

Mono Basin

The last two years have marked historic milestones in California's battle against climate change, hailing the hottest year in recent history, followed by the second driest water year in the State's recorded history. LADWP utilizes half of the City's historical Los Angeles Aqueduct supplies in the Mono Basin and Owens Valley to support environmental and restoration efforts. We have invested billions of dollars into more than 100 restoration projects throughout the Eastern Sierra, including more than 66 projects in the Mono Basin. These investments have restored wetlands and tributaries around and feeding into Mono Lake, facilitating healthy riparian habitats, thriving fish populations, and improved overall ecological conditions for bird populations. Click the image below to learn more.

LADWP Watershed Resource Group In Action

Last month, LADWP Watershed Resource biologists and California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff worked together to restore Owens Pupfish habitat on City of L.A. land in the Owens Valley. Once thought extinct, this endangered fish currently exists in only half a dozen small areas. The habitat in the Owens Valley supported by an artesian well is one of the pupfish refuges where the environment is carefully managed by CDFW and LADWP.


December Water Level Stays Above Normal as Customers Reduce Water use to 109 GPCD

As of January 10, data from our six snow stations, called "snow pillows," indicated the water content was 206% of normal to date and 96% of normal for a typical water year ending April 1st. Our hydrographers also recorded Mono Lake levels rising after the recent storms, in early January they recorded the lake to be 6,379 feet.


But the water content in the snowpack level early in the season often doesn't hold through the year. That's why it's key that everyone continues to do their part to conserve water use. LADWP officials praised our customers for achieving a low 109 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) based on the average over the past 12 month. With the state forecasting a fourth consecutive dry year and reducing allocations to 5% of the State Water Project for all member agencies, we are urging our customers to continue their heroic efforts to save water.


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Watch "Southern California's Water Story Debuts

A new animated video tells the water story of Los Angeles and Southern California in a way that everyone can understand. It highlights the work that Southern California’s water agencies are doing to transform the region’s water systems amidst a record drought. Funding and resources provided by LADWP.

Welcome the Newest Member of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners 

Nurit Katz has been appointed and confirmed as the newest Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners member. The first and current Chief Sustainability Officer of UCLA will be the fifth member of the all-female city commission overseeing the largest municipal utility in the nation. Her term will continue through June 30, 2023. Katz fills the Board position left vacant when Commissioner Jill Banks Barad-Hopkins announced her retirement after nine years of service on the Board.



Bishop Elementary Explores Buckley Pond with LADWP

In November, the 3rd Graders of Bishop Elementary took a field trip to Buckley Ponds in Bishop. Students rotated through different stations, ranging from water quality testing to wildlife ecology.

Each year, we collaborate with local Owens Valley school districts and educational groups through the Adopt-A-School Program. LADWP employees work with six schools from Round Valley down to Lone Pine during garden clubs, nature walks, water quality testing in the field, and career days. Read more about other programs building the next generation of water and power leaders in the Eastern Sierra.

photos by Chris Corsmeier


Job Openings


  • Electric Distribution Mechanic Trainee
  • Electrical Distribution Mechanic Journey Level
  • Systems Programmer


 Welder (01/27/23)

 Systems Analyst (02/10/23)

Jumpstart a Career in Power
Thinking of a career in power? Consider taking this self-paced online course that introduces basic electrical concepts including charge, voltage, current, energy, and power. The class is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in various electrical trades. Taking the course will also help participants meet the minimum requirements to apply for several positions at LADWP.

Our Board of Water and Power Commissioners recently adopted a motion authored by Board President Cynthia McClain-Hillapproving LADWP to stop water and electric shutoffs as a debt collection tool.

Under the new motion, those enrolled in our EZ-SAVE program–which offers income-qualified residential customers with a discount to help reduce the cost of electricity, water, and sewer service– as well as those enrolled in the Senior Citizen Lifeline Discount Program, will be eligible for shutoff protection. The motion also prohibits shutoffs for all customers during extreme weather events, such as extreme heat episodes that can harm public health, safety, and welfare.

Planned Power Outage Notification

LADWP will be updating its power infrastructure by replacing an aged power pole and upgrading the conductor and transformer located at 292 Academy Street. On Wednesday, January 18, from 8 am until 3 pm, crews will use a crane to place the new power pole and make the upgrades. To complete this work and for the safety of the employees and public, Academy Street at Fowler Street, Warren Street, and Hammond Street will be closed to traffic and pedestrians. The streets will reopen to pedestrian and vehicular traffic at 3 pm.



While traveling in the mountains, stay alert to changing conditions and remember the red flags of increasing avalanche hazards.

  1. Recent avalanches
  2. Other signs of unstable snow such as cracking or collapsing
  3. Recent heavy snowfall
  4. Wind transported snow
  5. Rapidly rising temperatures and
  6. Persistent weak layers in the snowpack

Visit www.esavalanche.org or Eastern Sierra Avalanche social feeds for more information.

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