Thirty percent of Southern California’s water is imported from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a water source with an uncertain future. Periods of low rain—the year 2013 was the driest in California’s recorded history—have also impacted the amount of water available to meet Southern California’s growing needs.
To face these and other statewide challenges head on, PWP is working to bolster local sustainability and reduce dependence on costly imported supplies. A citywide Recycled Water Program, along with continued excellence in conservation, will also be necessary to secure Pasadena’s water future.
Future Water Sustainability
Pasadena Public Forum - Presentations Now Available
The Your Water: The Big Picture Event was held on February 26, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
A panel of California water experts came together for this free, public event to share insights into the supply challenges facing the state, and what local efforts can be made to ensure longterm sustainability.
Click on the PDF for the presentation slides from this event
Bay Delta Conservation Plan Workshops
PWP customers and Southland residents will have an opportunity to learn first-hand from state and federal agency officials about a proposal designed to safeguard public water supplies from Northern California, which provide approximately 18% of Pasadena’s water supply. Known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), this state and federal effort reached a milestone with the release of a comprehensive public draft on December 13, 2013 and the opening of a 120-day review/comment period.
The BDCP includes a detailed water modernization plan to better protect supplies by constructing new intakes on the Sacramento River and transporting that supply via twin tunnels to the existing California Aqueduct. It also includes a strategy of how to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta habitat.
There will be three free local public open house meetings in Southern California as part of the statewide BDCP outreach process that will lead to a final plan:
The open houses are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature experts from state and federal agencies to explain the various water system and ecosystem proposals and the expected potential impacts. For more information on these events please visit http://baydeltaconservationplan.com/PublicReview/PublicOpenHouseMeetings.aspx.