Volume 10 | April 2024

The Drop highlights the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's (LADWP's)

water policies, innovations and initiatives.

We're your source for L.A.'s water news.

Eastern Sierra Snowpack Measures 103% of Normal 

As of April 11, LADWP hydrographers reported above normal snowpack measurements in the Eastern Sierra, which will provide ample supplies through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the City’s most cost-efficient water supply.

This year’s snowpack, while initially underwhelming compared to the record-breaking measurements in 2023, increased significantly in February and March and ended up exceeding expectations with above-normal conditions. 

“While our reservoirs are full following two wet winters, we are still seeing the impacts of climate whiplash across the state,” said LADWP General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin L. Adams. “We know we have to stay focused on our investments in local water supply projects as LADWP continues to evolve and balance the needs of our customers with the challenges associated with extreme weather patterns, more than anything else, we encourage our customers to stay vigilant in their water wise practices, which have helped keep water conservation citywide near record highs.”  

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Mayor Bass Nominates New LADWP GM and Appoints New Commissioners

On April 14, Mayor Karen Bass officially announced utility executive, engineer and Coast Guard veteran Janisse Quiñones as her official recommendation to the post of LADWP CEO and General Manager. Quiñones’ appointment was confirmed by the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power commission on April 23; her nomination will next go before Energy and Environment Council Committee and followed by full Los Angeles City Council confirmation.

Read the Mayor’s News Release About Quiñones 

LADWP’s Board of Water and Power Commissioners has elected new leaders and welcomed two new Commissioners. Former state assemblyman Richard Katz, who was nominated by Mayor Bass and was recently confirmed to the Board, was unanimously elected as President and George McGraw was elected as Vice President on March 26. Former Los Angeles Assistant City Attorney Wilma J. Pinder has also joined the Board as a Commissioner.

Learn More about Board President Katz, Vice President McGraw and Commissioner Pinder

LADWP's Groundwater Treatment Program Earns Water Project of the Year Distinction from Global Water Awards

Los Angeles' $480 million investment in groundwater treatment to maximize local water supplies won a Water Project of the Year Distinction from the Global Water Awards. General Manager and Chief Engineer Martin L. Adams and Anselmo Collins, Senior Assistant General Manager - Water System, received the honor on behalf of the utility, in London in April.

The project builds two groundwater facilities in North Hollywood and Tujunga to recover and treat up to 75 million gallons of water per day from the San Fernando groundwater basin.

Read More About the Project Award

L.A.’s Water Supply in 2024 and Beyond

The Los Angeles Times recently discussed LADWP’s report of above average snowpack levels in the Eastern Sierra following a significantly wet winter season, and what it’s impact on the region’s water supply may be as we look toward the rest of 2024 and beyond. The article also looks at ongoing work that is being done at local and state levels to expand California’s water resources. 

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PFAS and How LADWP is Addressing Them

On April 10, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced national drinking water standards for Poly and Per-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) that will go into effect beginning in 2027. LADWP is committed to providing drinking water to our customers that is of the highest quality and regularly tested. Currently, LADWP has not detected the six regulated PFAS compounds in the water we serve. We will continue to monitor our water supply and explore treatment technologies to ensure all water meets or exceeds regulatory standards.

Learn more about the work LADWP is doing to address PFAS here.

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