For inquiries related to this message, please contact our support team and provide the reference identifier below. Imagine the entire city of Los Angeles with a population of approximately 3.8 million and the amount of waste it produces per day. At one time, the Los Angeles River used to be the city's main source of water; however, in 1940 the city was worried about flooding and needed a way to properly drain excess water. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy recently announced a new initiative to recycle 100% of its wastewater into drinking water by 2035.Despite its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles has been unable to take advantage of that abundant water supply.
Coalinga, California, is on the brink of water shortage, and the city of Los Angeles may be one tenth of its current water supply short. One desalination plant planned for Coalinga could be operational by 2026. However, some fear that the worst is yet to come and the city will be forced to import water from outside.
Coalinga, California, will run out of water before the end of the year
If the drought continues, Coalinga, California, will run dry before the end of the year. The city of 17,000 people relies on water from the nearby San Luis Reservoir, which is delivered along part of the California Aqueduct. But this year, the drought has lowered the city's water supply to a trickle, and city officials are scrambling for a solution. According to one city council member, it will cost millions of dollars to supplement the water supply.
The city receives water from the San Luis Reservoir through the California Aqueduct, which is monitored by the federal government. But water officials have warned that the city will run out of water before the end of this year unless it finds alternative sources. Water shortages have already hit Jackson, Mississippi, where residents have been forced to drink bottled water for weeks. However, California's Coastal Commission has approved a $140 million desalination plant in Orange County, which will turn seawater into drinking water. The new plant, located in Dana Point, will help ensure that the South Coast Water District has its own water supply and no longer depends on the State Water Project of the Colorado River.
In an August letter, State Senator Melissa Hurtado, who represents part of the southern Central Valley, called for the US Justice Department to investigate possible "drought profiteering." She suspects price gouging in drought-stricken western states and wants the government to take action. The Justice Department responded to the letter in October, but declined to comment on the ongoing investigation.
Los Angeles is one-tenth of the city's water supply
One-tenth of Los Angeles' water supply comes from groundwater. Most of LA's water supply once flowed through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, but now about half flows through the Colorado River Aqueduct. The system can deliver about one billion gallons of water daily. Approximately 10% of California's water is used for residential use, while the rest is used for irrigation and for the environment.
Los Angeles' water supply is not always clean. It travels long distances before reaching individual users. To understand the paths of water in Los Angeles, it is important to understand where it comes from. According to the USC Center for Sustainable Cities, the majority of Los Angeles' water comes from the Owens River, Northern California, the Colorado River, and groundwater.
Water is an extremely scarce resource in Los Angeles. In fact, the city's water supply is only one-tenth of what the state averages. California is facing the worst drought in a millennium, and Los Angeles has had just five percent of its normal rainfall. As a result, reducing water consumption in California is the central policy challenge for the state. This can be achieved through voluntary conservation, government fiats, and higher prices.
Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant could be operational by 2026
A new desalination plant in southern Orange County could be operational by 2026 if it meets all the necessary environmental standards. The project is expected to produce about five million gallons of potable water per day, about 10% of the current capacity of the Huntington Beach plant. The South Coast Water District plans to operate the plant.
A desalination plant can provide a safe, reliable, and drought-proof water supply. The Doheny Ocean Desalination Project could create a local water supply that is reliable and can be used in emergency situations. The project could cost as much as $140 million.
The Doheny project faces fewer environmental and economic concerns than the Poseidon plant. The plant uses advanced slant wells to extract water from the ocean floor. However, further research is needed to understand how the project will impact wildlife on the deep ocean floor.
Big farming corporations have deeper pockets to fight climate change's harshest impacts
Big farming corporations have much deeper pockets to fight climate change's harsher impacts than individual farmers. They are more able to invest in new technologies to combat drought and erratic weather. They also have the financial capacity to invest in new pesticides and irrigation systems.
Liam Dillon covers housing affordability and neighborhood change in California for the Los Angeles Times. Given its high water consumption, Los Angeles could easily face its own “Zero Day,” says Jan Kürstein, a Danish hydrogeologist who was hired as a consultant during the Cape Town water crisis. Los Angeles County was also a pioneer in recycling water and built the country's first recovery plant in 1962 to treat wastewater and use it to replenish its aquifers.