General Manager Hagekhalil writes about how Metropolitan has been planning for the worst and hoping for the best. "Planning to start the coming year with zero new supplies is a part of modern water life," he writes. "It's why we must invest in more drought-proof supplies. And it is why each of us must do our part to conserve what precious water we have."
Hagekhalil credits conservation for the ability to have water in reserves in Lake Mead. "Prudent management of these reserves will evolve right along with our water supply conditions and help us meet the challenges facing the Colorado River as its flows decline due to climate change and drought."
In addition, Hagekhalil testified Wednesday (Oct. 20) before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife to address Colorado River drought conditions and response measures. "Metropolitan is committed to working cooperatively within California, and with other basin states, the federal government, Mexico, tribes and other stakeholders to find the necessary solutions to minimize the impacts of reduced water supply reliability,” he said.