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Metropolitan, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to Launch Joint Water Recycling Program Next Monday

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:   WHAT: The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County are launching a water recycling program that would purify treated wastewater to produce a valuable new drought-proof water supply. The Regional Recycled Water Program will start with a $17 million demonstration facility and could grow into one of the world’s largest water purification plants.

OPINION: Orange County Latinos Want Desal Water Now

The Orange County Water District’s mission is to provide the 2.4 million people it serves with a reliable, adequate, high-quality water supply at the lowest reasonable cost in an environmentally responsible manner. Because of its dependence on climate-challenged, heavily regulated imported water, OCWD’s policy is to develop new local and drought-proof sources of water. In the process of doing this, OCWD has identified the proposed Huntington Beach Desalination Project as the single largest source of new local drinking water supply available to the region.

Follow the Money – Delta Tunnel Foes Try New Strategy

Opponents of the Delta tunnels proposal, facing a long-shot bid to kill the controversial project on environmental grounds, are now trying to undermine the plan’s financial structure. Six environmental groups filed court papers late Thursday attempting to derail the state Department of Water Resources’ plans to bankroll the tunnels with billions of dollars in bond financing. The groups said bonds can’t be issued because the tunnels violate California environmental laws and because the project has received illegal subsidies from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.