LADWP’s 2015 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) will include the City’s long-term water resources management strategy to ensure water reliability through the year 2040.  These strategic goals are drawn extensively from the Integrated
Resources Planning (IRP) process, which is used by many water utilities to plan for long term water reliability. Below is a description of IRP processes that inform the update of the 2015 UWMP, as well as a brief overview of the City of LA’s history of participation in regional IRP processes.

Regional Planning Efforts

LADWP has been involved in integrated resources planning (IRP) since its first UWMP in 1985 which incorporated conservation, recycled water, stormwater capture, and supplies from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

In 1993, LADWP built upon its IRP efforts by participating in the Southern California region’s first Integrated Resources Plan initiated by MWD.

In 1999, the City initiated its first IRP, which was adopted by the City Council in 2006.  LADWP also participates in the development of the Greater Los Angeles County Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan, which was last updated in 2014.  The IRWM process is led by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

An Integrated Approach Yields Multiple Benefits

The benefits of an integrated watershed approach incorporates extensive public engagement and dialogue, as well as identification of opportunities that might otherwise be missed if public agencies tasked with water, wastewater and stormwater issues did not share information or coordinate efforts. For example, a flood control project can be designed to provide multiple benefits beyond ensuring public safety, such as protecting private and commercial property and creating water-supply benefits.

A specific example of a benefit achieved through IRP is local production of recycled water, achieved through collaborative efforts of LADWP and the LA Bureau of Sanitation.  To build on the success of the IRP, the City is taking integration a step further by launching the One Water LA 2040 Plan.  This plan continues the focus on multi-jurisdictional and multi-benefit projects with the goal of making the City more sustainable.  Similar to the City’s initial IRP, the One Water LA 2040 Plan is a stakeholder driven process.

 2015 UWMP Timeline 

Join us for one or more of our upcoming UWMP public meetings. 

  • January 2016         Public Informational Meetings*

Jan 19

9 am -11 am

California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles CA 90012

Jan 21

6 pm –  8 pm

CD3 Office, 19040 Vanowen St., Reseda CA 91335

Jan 27

6 pm –  8 pm

Felicia Mahood MPC, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025

Jan 28

6 pm – 8 pm

LADWP Headquarters, 111 N. Hope St., Los Angeles CA 90012

  • February 2016       Release of the Draft 2015 UWMP
  • March 2016           Two Public Hearings
  • May 2016              Expected adoption by the LADWP Board of Commissioners
  • June 2016             Submittal to California Department of Water Resources

*The public meetings in January are scheduled prior to the UWMP release date (February 2016) to provide opportunities for the public to receive information and provide feedback.  

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