30 water agencies join forces to reduce demand on Colorado River

Artwork by Clayton Choi is winner of MWD Student Art Contest (Photo – MWD)

A multi-agency agreement outlines best practices and water-saving measures to protect the water supply.

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Recognizing that a reliable water supply is vital to all economies and communities that depend on the drought-stricken Colorado River, more than 30 water agencies and utilities have committed to additional measures to reduce water demand and to protect the Colorado River system.

Municipal and public water utilities in the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins include the Foothill Municipal Water District, which extends approximately 22 square miles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, bordering between the city of Pasadena on the east and the city of Glendale on the south and west . The district serves approximately 80,000 people through its own member agencies. These agencies reaffirmed their commitment to implement comprehensive and innovative water conservation programs, initiatives, policies and actions in their communities, including:

  • Expand water efficiency programs for indoor and outdoor water use.
  • Implement programs and policies to reduce and replace non-functional, ornamental grass by 30 percent while protecting cityscapes and tree canopies.
  • Increasing water reuse and recycling programs.
  • Implementation of water efficiency strategies and best practices and other appropriate conservation strategies in each community.

“To create a sustainable future for the Colorado River, we must all commit to using less water. More than two dozen water boards from cities across the Southwest have made this commitment on behalf of the millions of people they serve,” said Adel Hagekhalil, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. “This Memory of Understanding (MOU) is an important step in bringing balance to the Colorado River and compelling proof that we can create solutions together.”

Pursuant to the MOU, each participating water utility will implement the conservation actions, programs and/or policies best suited to its individual communities and water efficiency goals. While these water authorities primarily represent urban water use, which accounts for only a small fraction of the Colorado River’s total water use, the conservation strategies outlined will help reduce demand and protect water levels in Lakes Powell and Mead.

> Photo shown is from the winner of the Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) competition. Clayton Choi‘s artwork will be included in the Metropolitan Water District’s 2023 “Water is Life” Student Art Calendar. Clayton is in kindergarten at La Cañada Elementary School.

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