WRD, County Sanitation Districts Cement Water Supply Partnership
Today, the Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County signed a historic 30-year recycled water purchase agreement which will eliminate the need for water from Northern California and the Colorado River for groundwater recharge. The ceremony, held at the Sanitation Districts’ San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant in Whittier, featured Congresswoman Grace Napolitano as the keynote speaker.
The Congresswoman praised the partnership and foresight of the two agencies, saying “Both WRD and the County Sanitation Districts have been at the forefront of the recycled water industry which benefits our whole basin to recharge clean water into our aquifer, and they will continue to serve as we encounter warmer climate and drought cycles. They are an integral component in the water supply and management portfolio for our Southern California area, state and our nation.”
WRD Board President Rob Katherman called the agreement historic. “The action we took today is the final step in WRD’s 50-year march toward independence from imported water for the purpose of replenishing the groundwater supply. Fifty years ago, WRD was the single largest customer in Southern California for water imported from the Colorado River. In a few short years, with the completion of WRD’s Groundwater Reliability Improvement Program (GRIP), we will not be a customer at all.”
Historically, WRD has purchased more than 16 billion gallons of recycled water and 7 billion gallons of imported water annually for groundwater replenishment. This agreement will allow WRD to offset the imported water component of its water portfolio with highly treated recycled water. In total, WRD will use 23 billion gallons of recycled water per year. Imported water no longer used by WRD will be conserved and subsequently become available for other uses throughout the State.
(23 billion gallons of water is enough water to supply the annual needs of 142,000 families of four.)
Learn more about this topic and about WRD at www.wrd.org.