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The Journey Your Water Takes

Little Drop

Hi, my name is Little Drop! 

You may have seen me around town at different community events, school science nights, or maybe on a bookmark. What can I say, I’m a social water drop!

Have you ever thought about how water gets to your tap?  I’m about to take an adventure and discover “The Journey Your Water Takes” to get to your home, and I want YOU to join me!

Before we leave, please make sure to read the introduction below. At the end of the directions there will be a link to click on to take you to a map of California!

This journey may take you a couple of visits, but no matter what you do, have FUN!!!

Introduction

As you turn on the tap in your home, school or business, the water you see started as snowmelt in the Sierra Mountains. Water is brought to our area through the California Aqueduct and travels more than 440 miles to reach your tap. It is purchased from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), the Southland’s regional water wholesaler. LVMWD must import 100% of our drinking water because there are no native supplies to draw from within our 122-square mile service area.

Each year, LVMWD sets aside a portion of the water purchased from MWD as a reserve and stores it in our own Las Virgenes Reservoir. Holding enough water to serve district customers for about six months, the reservoir provides water “insurance” for times of emergency. In addition, it provides flexibility to store water in the off-season when the demand is lower.

On the plane, let's goBefore water arrives at your tap, it has been treated, filtered, disinfected, routinely sampled and tested. Even before the journey to your tap begins, much effort goes into protecting water supplies at their source in Northern California and all along the way. This has many benefits, including fewer contaminants in the water supply, better water quality, greater safety, and lower treatment costs.

Although far away, the fate of levees in the Bay Delta area is of great importance for our local water supply. This sensitive “crossroads” for water supplies significantly impacts the quality and reliability of our drinking water.

 

The Journey Begins. . .

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