March 21, 2019
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Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Reaches Milestone

Lake Mead
Photo of Lake Mead by: Bureau of Reclamation, Photographer: Alexander Stephens
The seven states in the Colorado River Basin this week approved a Drought Contingency Plan for the river, after many years of discussion and negotiations. The agreement, which ensures the river's sustainability for the next decade was widely heralded by many leading organizations. The DCP will help boost storage levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell and prevent the reservoirs from reaching critically low levels. Congressional hearings on the legislation will begin soon in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. View a fact sheet and read General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger's statement.


Super Bloom at Diamond Valley Lake
Photo taken along Diamond Valley Lake's wildflower trail by: Wildlife Biologist Bill Wagner

It's a "super bloom" at Metropolitan's Diamond Valley Lake this year. So far in March, nearly 8,000 visitors have walked the wildflower trail—part of the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve. If you haven't visited yet, please remember to stay on the trail and be environmentally responsible when taking in the view. For the latest on the trail and operating hours, visit


Now Available: Conceptual Planning Studies Report for the Regional Recycled Water Program
conceptual planning

A new report provides an in-depth analysis and recommendations for the Regional Recycled Water Program. The program could ultimately provide up to 150 million gallons of purified recycled water (168,000 acre-feet) to the region's groundwater basins, industrial facilities, and potentially to two of Metropolitan's water treatment plants. A key recommendation of the Conceptual Planning Studies Report is to complete the program in phases, with the first phase consisting of a 100 million gallon per day advanced water treatment plant and a new 38-mile pipeline to deliver water to two groundwater basins. Read the full report or the executive summary to learn more.

Palos Verdes Reservoir Returns to Service
Palos Verdes Reservoir

After 10 years out of service, Metropolitan's Palos Verdes Reservoir is filling with water. The reservoir was taken out of service in 2009 for necessary upgrades to its liner, cover and other key features. Work is now complete and the reservoir is ready to go back online. The reservoir, constructed in 1939, can hold up to 1,100 acre-feet of treated water, enough for 3,300 households for a year. It provides key operational storage and hydraulic flexibility in Metropolitan's delivery system. Learn more about Metropolitan's reservoirs.


Three New Directors Join Metropolitan's Board


Three new directors were seated recently on Metropolitan's 38-member Board of Directors. Welcome to S. Gail Goldberg, representing San Diego County Water Authority; and Robert Apodaca and Frank Heldman, representing Central Basin. Read the press release.


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