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Droughts and Heat Waves
Lessons learned from the last drought
Lessons learned from the last drought

The third year of a brutal drought is taxing Southern California's water reserves. But it's because of lessons learned from the last long-term drought that the region finds with reserves in the first place. After the devastating 1987-92 drought led to widespread rationing, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — which provides drinking water for nearly 19 million people in six counties — embarked on a plan to reduce its vulnerability by increasing its water reliability. Understanding the Plan The district's Integrated Water Resources Plan — first adopted in 1996 and last updated in 2010 — mapped out a more diverse portfolio...