From quenching our thirst and growing our food to fueling the production of everything we wear and everything we use to get from here to there, water is the not-so-secret ingredient that makes LA County thrive.
The reality is that it takes a lot of water to keep LA County going (millions upon millions of gallons every day!). It’s so much that we have to import two-thirds of our supply from as far away as Northern California and the Colorado River basin to keep up with demand. New weather patterns in California – like a 5-year drought sandwiched by unusually heavy rains and snow – mean a less predictable supply of water, both local and imported. Scientists predict that climate change will only exacerbate these patterns of drought and flood, which will have major implications for how much water may be available at any given time.
People understand that they need to cut back when there’s a drought. But with more extreme weather, a growing population, and our water sources growing increasingly stretched, we need to make water conservation – from how much water we use to how we can use water more efficiently – a way of life.