In the second part of our mini-series focused on California’s water crisis, we spoke with Deven Upadhyay, the Chief Operating Officer and Assistant General Manager at the Metropolitan Water District. Host Marci Stanage talks with Mr. Upadhyay about water reuse, the many benefits of recycled water, and conservation efforts.
Upadhyay says “Recycled water is not only safe, but it makes sense in terms of building a portfolio that ensures that future drought cycles won’t require significant measures to get through.” He explains that “we’re already using recycled water”, and emphasizes the importance of “leveraging portable reuse to create a more large-scale supply for Southern California.”
The Los Angeles Times recently reported that “nearly 60% of the state is experiencing ‘extreme drought’ conditions, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. The Colorado River’s reservoirs have declined so far that major water cuts will be necessary next year.” Studies called the current drought the worst in 1,200 years.
During this episode learn more about:
- The effects of climate change on water in California and the Colorado River
- The benefits of water reuse
- Why drinking recycled water is safe
- A better understanding of the process of recycling water
- The importance of the role of each individual in water conservation
To learn more about MWD’s Regional Recycled Water Program, click here.
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