Climate Change is Here–
What are We Doing About It?

The impacts of climate change are wide-reaching, but for LADWP’s water system staff, none are more pressing than the unpredictability of precipitation and commonality of weather extremes. Water supply diversity is the key to overcoming these challenges. LADWP is investing in projects to expand local water sources, creating a more diverse and reliable water supply portfolio for the future, outlining the following goals for the city to reach:

25%

Reduction in Water Usage

With L.A.’s water conservation ordinance still in place from 2009, and ongoing incentives and rebates for customers, LADWP is creating more water by encouraging Angelenos to use less. As a city, we are using less water than we did 50 years ago despite population growth.

100%

Wastewater Recycled

LADWP is expanding our water recycling operations through Operation NEXT, a project that will accelerate the natural water cycle and recycle 100% of our city’s wastewater, a valuable local water resource for Los Angeles.

2x

More Stormwater Captured

With 100 new projects forecasted over the next 15 years, LADWP will double the region’s stormwater capture capacity. Many of these projects will happen at our neighborhood parks, and LADWP will be upgrading park amenities along the way.

2x

Groundwater Storage Capacity

The key to maintaining a reliable groundwater supply is to protect and replenish. LADWP is ramping up its efforts to remediate and reopen the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, which will double our city’s current groundwater storage capacity.

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Expanding Our Local Supplies

While the Southern California region will always need imported water, the above investments in expanding our local water supplies will reduce our reliance on imported water by 50%.

*Targets are from the 2019 L.A.’s Green New Deal.

While We Diversify, Angelenos Are Making Conservation a Way of Life

While LADWP works to diversify sources of water, using less is one of the most direct ways our community can collectively prepare for and weather drier times. It is also something Angelenos, with education and incentives from LADWP, do exceptionally well:

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44%
less water used per year than 40 years ago

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30+
years of mandatory water conservation ordinances

50 million+
square feet of turf replaced

500,000+
high-efficiency toilets, washing machines, showerheads and faucets replaced

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