Category: Recycled water

First Looks: The LADWP 2015 Draft UWMP – Hiding the Shortage

After spending a few weeks paging through the just released LADWP 2015 Draft Urban Water Management Plan, my immediate conclusion is that the plan is a thinly disguised effort to hide the city’s low water supply levels from the planning process to protect development.This draft, like past UWMP’s, continues to project levels of water in all supply categories that […]

Purple Pipe Doesn’t Live Up to Hype

LADWP water plans are generally more about perception than results and ‘Purple Pipe’ is certainly the poster child proving that.Purple pipe is used to distribute non-potable recycled water and is often presented as one of the departments cornerstone resources to meeting the city’s water supply demand since it frees up potable water that would have been used […]

Dissecting L.A’s Paper Water – Recycled

One prominent member of the City of Los Angeles’s ‘paper water’ portfolio is recycled water. Like L.A.’s groundwater supply, its Urban Water Management Plans between 1990 and 2005 had projected rapidly growing recycled water supplies that would never be realized. The chart at the right plots the huge gap between the actual recycled water supply the city had […]