January 17, 2019
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Gloria D. Gray Sworn In As New Metropolitan Chairwoman
Gloria Gray
Gloria GrayMore than 300 elected officials, community leaders, water agency representatives, friends and family watched as Gloria D. Gray was sworn in as Metropolitan’s Chairwoman of the Board of Directors on Jan. 8. Gray is the first African American to lead the 38-member board and only the second woman to do so in the district’s 90-year history. Many dignitaries celebrated the historic moment, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. Gray was sworn in as the 19th chair in Metropolitan history by Inglewood Mayor James Butts. Read the press release.


Metropolitan Invests in Future Development of Local Water Supplies FSA
Photo by: San Diego County Water Authority

Metropolitan's Board of Directors at the January meeting gave the final approvals necessary to provide $3.5 million for 15 pilot projects and technical studies. The projects and studies are aimed at reducing the technical and regulatory barriers for seawater desalination and groundwater enhancement as well as stormwater and recycled water. Under Metropolitan’s Future Supply Actions Funding Program, 11 Metropolitan member agencies were awarded funding. Read the press release.


Update: Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center
Recyled Water

Construction of the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center, a demonstration facility designed to purify treated wastewater, is nearly complete. Watch a time-lapse video showing construction progress over the past year. Equipment testing at the Center begins this month. Learn more at mwdh2o.com/RRWP.


Annual Report to the California State Legislature Released


A report prepared annually by Metropolitan shows that, since 1990, its investments in water effiencies have totaled nearly $1.4 billion and water saved stands at more than 6.5 million acre-feet. Lowering demand and maintaining sufficient reserves are essential to long-term water supply reliability for the region. Conservation efforts resulted in a lowering of water use by an estimated 1.034 million acre-feet in fiscal year 2017/18. And Metropolitan is on the pathway to having 2.5 million acre-feet in storage. View the report.


Metropolitan Headquarter Improvements

Voluntary seismic upgrades are underway at Metropolitan's Headquarters Building at Union Station. The project will improve the building's level of seismic performance and reduce the risk of significant damage and resulting business disruption due to a major earthquake. Upgrades will occur throughout the building and will also improve disabled access to comply with current building codes. Metropolitan's board awarded a construction contract in November 2018. Construction will begin in early 2019.


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