Tag: UWMP

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 […]

Show Me the Water‘s Failed Promise – The Newport Banning Ranch File

It’s bad enough that water utilities project far more supplies than they have access to which by definition is paper water. It’s bad enough that using this imaginary water they always come to conclusion that every project requesting a WSA has sufficient water to proceed. But recently it became clear to me that are other forms of paper water that comes […]

L.A. City Prodded to Grow Without Additional Water

In the most recent Water Board Water Conservation Report showing the state’s June 2015 conservation, LADWP has been revising population figures presumably to keep the Residential gallons per capita daily (R-GPCD) level from getting out of control. They are now estimating monthly population growth and using each months figures to calculate residential water use.I was surprised […]

Dissecting L.A.’s Water Supply – Conservation & Stormwater Capture

With the availability of imported water dramatically falling and local supplies (recycled water and groundwater) not meeting projections, the LADWP had to scramble to come up with ways to develop new supplies or create the perception of sufficient supplies for future growth. Or both. This would require some creative thinking by the department pie charts in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

L.A.’s Drought and Growth are Built on Paper Water

L.A.’s recent drought has been going on far longer than the statewide drought. California’s last drought was declared in 2008 and ended in 2011 and another declared in 2015.  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? This brings on another question we should ask […]

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 […]