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Posted: May 22, 2010 2:20 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Every five years, the California Urban Water Planning Act requires most water utilities to update and submit an urban water-management plan - a document that helps agencies like the Castaic Lake Water Agency take stock of water demand, available supplies, contingency planning and overall management of this most precious resource.

The Santa Clarita Valley's most recent UWMP was adopted in 2005, so we are beginning work on our next update, building upon the information laid out in the previous versions of the plan created by CLWA, CLWA's Santa Clarita Water Division, Newhall County Water District and Valencia Water Co.

Here at CLWA, we invite the community to take part in this process from inception, starting with a series of public workshops designed to both gather public input and to provide citizens with information on this important planning process. Our first workshop is 4 p.m. Tuesday, and everyone is invited. The workshop will be held at CLWA headquarters, located at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road on the hill overlooking Central Park.

It's no secret that water-supply planning is one of the most crucial issues facing California, and it's something we take very seriously at CLWA. If you have an interest in knowing more about the Santa Clarita Valley's water supply prognosis - or if you would like your voice to be heard as we develop the UWMP update - now is the time to get involved.

The UWMP is an evolving document, and each update analyzes and takes into account changes in a variety of water supply management issues, including:

  •  Water use
  • Available water resources
  • Recycled water
  • Water quality
  • Reliability planning
  • Water demand management measures (conservation and water-use efficiency)
  • Contingency planning for emergency water shortages

The UWMP update is, in essence, the "master plan" for water in the Santa Clarita Valley. Considering the statewide challenges we're all facing in terms of water supply and infrastructure, it is indeed an important planning tool. We'd sincerely appreciate your input, and we hope to see a strong community turnout at the workshops starting May 25.

If you have any questions about your water supply, or would like to download a copy of the 2005 UWMP, please visit


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