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County Gets $23.4M in State Funding to Increase Water Supply

The money comes from bonds issued under Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accepted $23.4 million in state funding for a dozen projects designed to increase the county's water supply.

The money comes from bonds issued under Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.

The grant will be used to replenish underground aquifers. One San Fernando Valley project is expected to add enough capacity to supply 42,000 residents with drinking water for a year. Funding is also earmarked for the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, West Basin Municipal Water District and the cities of Los Angeles, Carson, Calabasas and Agoura Hills.

The 12 projects are expected to cost about $140 million in total. The balance will come from the county's Flood Control District and local project sponsors.

About $100 million has been awarded to Los Angeles County through a state program intended to foster collaboration between municipalities and various water agencies to increase the overall water supply, according to Department of Public Works Director Gail Farber

"This latest infusion of state funds ... will go a long way towards ensuring a more sustainable water future for L.A. County," Farber said.

—City News Service

Susan Andres July 10, 2014 at 03:10 PM
This seems like good news, but what I want to know is, Where is the water coming from? Who or what will have less water if we have more? Will less water get to Mexico? Have Los Angeles County residents already reduced their water usage by 20%, in response to declaration of drought earlier this year? If not, why should we get more water….to waste????

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