LOS ANGELES, March 01, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on the California Department of Water Resources’ March snowpack survey to measure depth and water content.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that this winter is unlikely to relieve California of the severe drought conditions that threaten our state. It means another year of tapping into our already depleted reservoirs. How long these vital reserves last is up to you, from me and every water user in Southern California.Like any savings account, the less we use today, the more we will have for the summer and fall months to come.
“At Metropolitan, we are making bold and strategic investments in local water supply, storage, conservation and resilience to adapt to droughts and climate change. We cannot do it alone. We need the support state and federal government partners who recognize investing in Southern California is an investment in climate resilience for the entire state and the Southwest.
“But the most immediate thing we can do is hold on to today. Some may be hoping a miraculous walk will save us, but that’s not a bet I’m willing to take. We all need to immediately look at how we use water and use less of it.”
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, together with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provides water to 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and northern California to supplement local supplies and helps its members develop increased conservation, recycling, storage and resource management programs.
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