June 27, 2024

Metropolitan partners with Delta Counties Coalition to seek funding from climate bond for levee maintenance

Bouldin Island, one of four Metropolitan-owned islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Signaling a new era of collaboration, Metropolitan is partnering with the Delta Counties Coalition to jointly seek funding for Delta levee maintenance in California’s proposed climate resiliency bond. The agencies are requesting the inclusion of $250 million for the Delta Levee Maintenance Subventions Program, which reimburses local agencies for the upkeep and repair of the extensive levee network in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The historic collaboration was communicated in a sponsorship letter co-authored by Metropolitan board Chair Adán Ortega, Jr. and Patrick Hume, DCC chair.

By maintaining the Delta’s levees, the subventions program not only protects vital water supplies, infrastructure, transportation routes and energy corridors but also preserves the delicate balance of ecosystems and habitats within the region. With climate change and sea-level rise increasingly threatening the stability of this vital levee system, investing in proactive maintenance and improvements that meet modern levee standards advances the resilience of the Delta.

Read the letter.

National Safety Month celebrated with safety fairs, emergency training exercises

Throughout National Safety Month, Metropolitan affirmed its commitment to employee safety and to safeguarding our drinking water supply in emergency circumstances. Beginning with a June 6 employee safety fair at Lake Mathews, pictured above, we hosted a series of training and informational events at field sites throughout the district, including our water treatment facilities and pumping stations. We also conducted routine emergency training exercises at our Eagle Rock Emergency Operations Center.

Watch the video of our EOC training exercises.

Metropolitan board appoints Deven Upadhyay as interim general manager

After deliberating for more than five hours in closed session on June 13, Metropolitan’s Board of Directors placed General Manager Adel Hagekhalil on administrative leave for up to 90 days, pending the investigation into various personnel matters.

The board named Deven Upadhyay, Metropolitan’s assistant general manager and executive officer, as interim general manager.

Read the press release and statement from board Chair Ortega.

“I want to reassure Metropolitan’s staff and the public that our board is determined to act with strong unity and swiftness to protect everybody. We’ve made some very difficult decisions, but we maintain our commitment to the policies and direction of this organization as we continue our important work to deliver water reliability to the 19 million people we serve.”

Metropolitan board Chair Adán Ortega, Jr.

Metropolitan boosts conservation messaging at Pride Month events

Join us this weekend and be part of our water-wise movement as Metropolitan sponsors a local Pride event for the first time. We'll be at the San Fernando Valley Pride march and block party in Van Nuys on Saturday, June 29 handing out our saving water fans as we ask the public to take a conservation pledge to be water wise.

On Sunday, June 30, from 12:30 – 4 p.m., we'll be at the Fan Fest as part of Angel City Football Club’s Pride Night. Fan Fest is held at Christmas Tree Lane Park, north of BMO Stadium.  

Apprenticeship Program application period begins August 1

Metropolitan’s Apprenticeship Program opens doors for aspiring mechanical and electrical technicians to learn the trade while joining our team. Apprentices who complete the four-and-a-half-year program earn a journey level certificate, 36 hours of college credit applicable toward an associate degree, and continued full-time employment at Metropolitan.

The application period for the program begins Friday, August 2 at 8 a.m. to Tuesday, August 27 at 4:30 p.m., or until 750 applications are received. Learn more

Longtime water industry veterans join Metropolitan’s Board of Directors

Two new directors representing Las Virgenes and Central Basin municipal water districts were seated June 11 on Metropolitan's Board of Directors. Read the press release.

Seasoned water advocate Jay Lewitt, board president of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District since 2018, succeeds Glen Peterson, who represented Las Virgenes on the board for more than three decades, since February 1993.

James Crawford, California Water Service Company district manager who serves as a director on Central Basin’s board, follows Michael Gualtieri, who represented Central Basin on Metropolitan’s 38-member board since February 2024.

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