Founded in 1928, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) is a confederation of 27 local water agencies that stretches from the Mexican border north to Santa Barbara.
MWD has been the dominant purveyor of imported water to this region for most of its history, acting as a secret, shadow government. It created an impenetrable megalith that did as it wished until the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) dared to guarantee its own source of this vital resource and secure its own water supply.
This quest began in 1995 as a result of MWD’s arcane “preferential rights” policy, which gives the Los Angeles region privileged access to MWD’s water during a drought. About 85 percent of San Diego’s water supplies came from MWD. Los Angeles’ need for backup water in a drought could balloon from 34 percent to 65 percent or more.
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