Nov. 17, 2022

More Than 30 Water Agencies and Providers, including Metropolitan, Commit to Reducing Demands on Colorado River

Above, photo of Colorado River courtesy of Metropolitan Inspection Trip Manager Greg Widman.

Municipal and public water providers in the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basin signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday, affirming their commitments to implement comprehensive and innovative water conservation programs, initiatives, policies, and actions within their communities.

“Forging a sustainable future for the Colorado River will take a commitment from all of us to use less water. More than two dozen water agencies from cities across the Southwest have made this commitment on behalf of the millions of people they serve,” said Metropolitan General Manager Adel Hagekhalil. “This MOU is a key step towards bringing the River into balance, and powerful proof that working together, we can build solutions.”

Read the press release.

Metropolitan Co-Funds Innovative Water-Saving Pump Pods for Ventura County Fire Department

The Ventura County Fire Department will save up to 40 million gallons of water over five years through the first-of-its-kind use of pump pods, which re-circulate water at full flows during training exercises to meet watering restrictions. VCFD acquired three of these pods through the help of Metropolitan's Water Savings Incentive Program, Calleguas Municipal Water District and California Water Service.

VCFD is the first fire department in Southern California to use this innovative training system that is saving millions of gallons of water during training exercises during this historic drought. 

Learn How to Save More Water Through a Free Residential, Commercial Water Efficiency Survey

To help provide customers with recommendations to improve landscape and indoor water use efficiency, Metropolitan offers free virtual indoor and outdoor residential water use surveys as well as in-person surveys for commercial large landscapes throughout the district’s six-county service area. 

The surveys help identify old devices and leaks, while helping customers learn how to save more water both indoors and outdoors, like using a smart sprinkler controller which can save up to 40 gallons a day.

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Engineering Students From Historically Black Colleges and Universities Visit Metropolitan

Earlier this month, Metropolitan hosted engineering students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities to learn more about career opportunities in the water industry. During their visit, students from Morehouse College, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Hampton University, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and Howard University met with several Metropolitan engineers and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer Liji Thomas.

Metropolitan's Information Technology Group Receives Top Honors for Automated Analysis of Thermal Imaging

Congratulations to Metropolitan's IT group for being recognized as a Top 10 Technology Innovation Award winner by AT&T's 2022 Special Districts Awards Program. Metropolitan received this high honor through its use of machine learning technology that improves the efficiency of its solar energy arrays and quickly spots failing solar panels.

The district developed a device that automatically reviews and analyzes thermal imagery of solar panels collected by drone flights over solar farms. This imagery helps identify areas of lower efficiency within solar farms and helps spot failing solar panels while they are still under warranty. Read more.

Protecting Every Source: Southern California's Water Story

A new animated video highlighting the work that Southern California is doing to transform the region’s water systems amid a record drought has been unveiled by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, in partnership with the Southern California Water Coalition.


Southern California has become one of the most water-efficient regions in the world — diversifying our water supply portfolios to expand local water resources such as stormwater capture, water recycling and groundwater recharge, while protecting the health of the region’s foundational, imported supplies.

Protecting Every Source: Southern California’s Water Story
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