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The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California as urgent calls for California residents to conserve water grow.
Every Southern California water agency agrees that a growing demand combined with a warming climate is set to put L.A.’s faucets in peril of not turning on.
In response, Town Hall Los Angeles plans to gather water professionals together on March 22. They hope to discuss ways the city and surrounding towns can avoid a collective urban case of dry mouth.
"Today, an unreliable water supply exacerbates an already critical water crisis," says Town Hall L.A. on its website. "California's population increased by over 10 million people between 1980 and 2000 and is expected to add another 14 million by 2030."
Andy Lipkis of TreePeople advocates capturing more rainwater before it runs off into drains and the sea; his organization has invested in an underground storage tank atop its hillside property.
The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is building a network of purple pipes that signify recycled water, used for public golf courses and other outdoor projects. In other parts of Southern California, water engineers have developed massive facilities to treat dirty water.
The keynote discussion at the Town Hall event includes a former regional water board officer, representatives from the Metropolitan Water District and L.A.’s Bureau of Sanitation, plus UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability’s Mark Gold.
Author and historian DJ Waldie will serve as moderator.