WATER SUPPLY IN THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY
The San Gabriel Valley Has Planned Ahead
The San Gabriel Valley and other regions throughout California have had several dry years in succession with lower than normal precipitation (i.e. rain, snow) to help replenish our water supplies. The past two years have been among the driest years on record, and 2014 was the hottest year on record, exacerbating local water supply concerns.
Fortunately, the San Gabriel Valley and the southern California region have a water supply system that includes a variety of sources of water (“water insurance”). Examples include groundwater replenishment, imported water, reservoirs and cyclic storage, recycled water, storm water capture, and water transfers.
Thus, despite recent developments such as record-breaking dry weather, a statewide drought declaration, relatively low levels of imported water deliveries via the State Water Project, and implementation of both voluntary and mandatory water usage restrictions, the San Gabriel Valley has water in reserve to meet local needs for the next few years, even if the drought continues.
However, it is a reality that local water supplies are lower than we would like. Another reality is individual cities, counties, the state and water companies may act to impose mandatory water-use restrictions and raise water rates/pricing to curtail water use. These are actions that the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District has no control over but that we encourage residents and businesses to become informed of in the towns in which their homes and businesses are located.