The Metropolitan Water District

As water from the Owens Valley began to flow in 1913 through the Los Angeles Aqueduct, it was clear to City planners that substantially more water would be required to meet the needs of a rapidly expanding Los Angeles. It took nearly 30 years, but water began to flow from across the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles via the Colorado River Aqueduct. The prime mover in this technical marvel was the creation in 1928 of the six-county Metropolitan Water District (a “crown jewel” of Los Angeles).