Tag: planning

LADWP’s Paper Water Leverages on MWD Supplies

When the LADWP uses paper water, not only does it affect Los Angeles residents, it also impacts utilities and residents outside of the city. ‘Paper water’ is water that “utilities claim they have access to, but is difficult or impossible to access for various reasons”.When the LADWP claims to have access to more city owned domestic water than it really has access […]

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 […]

The WSA – Bringing Imaginary Water to L.A.’s Big Projects

In a previous article I wrote that The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power was confronted with two conflicting demands that dates back to 1990. The department’s conflict is between providing enough water to city residents from a rapidly shrinking water supply that once averaged 680,000 Af/y and is now just over 610,000 Af/y […]

California’s Challenge to Reliable Water isn’t Infrastructure. It’s RHNA

The state’s biggest challenge in meeting the population’s water supply requirements isn’t conservation, it isn’t lack of infrastructure, not storage, and not groundwater. It’s RHNA, a little known wonkish piece of legislation embodied in Government Code 65580 that’s mostly known to planners, developers and city hall staffers.  What follows might sound like we’re veering away from the […]

LA City Water Assessments Edge into the Absurd

Water supply assessments for two large projects have been approved by the LADWP water resource planners and is coming to the City of Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners on June 2 for approval.  The LADWP cites its own 2010 UWMP claiming there is sufficient water for these two projects through the year 2035, and enough for all other “existing and planned future demands”. The […]

The Paper Water Years – LA’s 1995 – 2000 Water Plans

This is Part IV in a series describing L.A.’s water supply problems and the policies that produced it. In Part III we saw how the city sought to maintain the 1985 baseline of ~175 gallons per capita daily in the 1990 UWMP while population estimates increased. As a result we saw the projected supply in the plan […]

Promise of Backup Water Not Met by DWP

Construction projects going through the city permit process are required to cite how much water demand they will impose on the city’s water supply and whether the city has surplus water supplies to accommodate the project.This information is provided in the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) which is part of the permit package for the project. […]

Paper Water is No Small Change

The City of Los Angeles water plans in the past have projected significant amounts of water that later never came. These large sums of water have been used to approve small and large projects going back to 1990. When projects are reviewed by city planners, the figures cited in the city’s water plans are supposed to assure the community that […]

Urban Planning Meetings Rarely Discuss Water Supply

L..A’s recent drought has been going on far longer than the statewide drought. California’s last drought was declared in 2008 and it ended in 2011 then re-declared it in 2014.  L.A’s drought was declared in 2008 and was never rescinded. So why has L.A.’s drought been so persistent and growing by the day?The City of Los Angeles has been […]

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 […]