Target: Robert Ferrante, Assistant Chief Engineer, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Goal: Embrace water recycling technology.
California has been facing a severe drought for the past four years, yet its largest cities aren’t tapping into diversified water sources. Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which provides drinking water to more than 19 million people, has proposed a recycling method that purifies sewage water into clean, drinkable water. The agency currently imports more than half of their water supply from distances of hundreds of miles. The proposed recycled water plan would be the largest of its kind and provide a sustainable solution to California’s growing water crisis.
Hundreds of billions of gallons of treated sewage water are flushed into the Pacific Ocean by California’s coastal cities each year. The recycling process would purify this water, which has already been processed at a sewage treatment plant, and produce drinking water that is cleaner than most bottled waters. This production would create a local water supply that pumps out a million gallons a day. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s initiative of reducing imported water in half by 2024 could be met through this local production.
California’s drought is one of the most severe on record and led to Governor Jerry Brown declaring a State of Emergency at the beginning of this year. The drought is stressing California’s Giant Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest living things on earth. Drought conditions make the fires that occur rampantly in California more difficult to fight. A recent fire in the Valley of Southern California scorched 40,000 acres of land in less than 12 hours.
The drought is a severe issue in California and every measure should be taken to preserve the state’s water. MWD is waiting for their plan to provide recycled water to 336,000 homes to be approved by county officials. Urge Los Angeles County to utilize their waste water in a more sustainable way and allow the MWD to recycle sewage water into drinking water.
Dear Mr. Robert Ferrante,
Since California’s drought struck four years ago, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) has looked into different ways of retrieving water for its counties’ large populations. Their recent proposal for purifying and recycling sewage water into drinking water should be part of California’s solution to the drought. Southern California currently dumps hundreds of billions of treated sewage water into the oceans every year. MWD’s plan would not only reuse water that is usually poured wastefully into the ocean but would also allow for local importing.
Currently, the MWD imports more than half of their water supply from rivers hundreds of miles away. The proposed recycling plan would allow them to instead transform local sewage water into safe, clean, high quality drinking water. Since the water is currently being imported from far distances, the local plant will be a cost effective change. The treatment plant would also meet various environmental regulations.
MWD’s recycled water proposal is sustainable and practical. California needs to do everything in its power to conserve water and recycling water poses a viable solution. I urge you to please pass MWD’s purification and reuse water plan.
[Your Name Here]
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