LADWP Releases Season’s Snowpack Results
April 10, 2018
Each spring, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) measures the Eastern Sierra snowpack and Mono Lake water elevation in order to determine runoff and export projections for the LA Aqueduct System. This year, LADWP conducted its final measurements of the season on April 3 with snowpack levels registering at 66 percent of normal.
Despite a series of storms in March that provided much-needed precipitation, this winter’s snowpack fell short of normal levels. While the March rainfall helped provide needed runoff through the summer, Angelenos are urged to continue using water responsibly and efficiently in preparation for dry winters in upcoming years. The City of Los Angeles and LADWP remain committed to helping Los Angeles achieve the water conservation goals established by the Mayor’s Sustainable City pLAn.
Though water usage has increased during this recent dry winter, historically during dry periods, Angelenos have answered the call for conservation by reducing indoor and outdoor water use. As it has in the past, LADWP will continue to help residential and commercial customers in this effort by offering a variety of rebates related to indoor and outdoor water efficiency, including rebates for turf removal and replacement with California Friendly and native plants. Additional rebates are available to replace toilets and clothes washers with more water-efficient models. Free water conservation items like aerators and showerheads are also available. LADWP customers can find more information at www.ladwp.com/waterconservation.
“We at LADWP have maintained a strong focus on water conservation, and we will continue to do so,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “We are proud of how much water our customers have saved in the past, and we appreciate their continued commitment to conservation. We will continue to do everything we can to help them save water through our rebates and programs. We are also excited about LADWP projects currently in place or underway that are designed to build up our local water supply and reduce dependence on purchased water.”
LADWP is helping to secure a sustainable future for LA’s water by enhancing the use of recycled water, stormwater and groundwater replenishment. Several projects are underway to build more recycled purple pipe to Los Angeles, expand local spreading grounds to maximize stormwater capture, and replenish the groundwater with recycled water from local treatment plants.