LAKEWOOD, Calif. — The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) hosted its 2014 State of the District with guest speaker Anthony Rendon, and was attended by members of the environmental and water communities, local elected officials and many others, according to a press release.

The event largely discussed WRD’s Water Independence Now program (WIN), which aims to increase the water self-reliance of south Los Angeles Country and eliminate the need for water imported for local groundwater replenishment from the California Bay Delta and the Colorado River, stated the release.

The Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board approved WRD’s application to increase the amount of recycled water used for spreading from 35 percent to 45 percent, allowing the use of an 11,000 acre-feet of highly treated recycled water for groundwater replenishment and cutting the need for imported water by half, continued the release.

“I’m proud that WRD is leading the state in developing long term solutions to our water crisis. This agency has been a pioneer in maximizing the use of local water resources for nearly 55 years and the results are real,” said Anthony Rendon. “When completed, the Water Independence Now or 'WIN' program will make the region completely independent from expensive imported water to recharge local groundwater basins and the benefits will be lasting.”

 

Read the rest of the press release here.