Hydro Recovery

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1983, Vol. 53, Issue 6, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


The largest water utility in southern California is discovering that it makes sense to generate electricity too. During the past four years, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (based in Los Angeles) has installed about one dozen small turbine generators (1 to 10 MW) in its huge, high-pressure water-distribution lines. Generated electricity is sold to electric utilities and other users. The resulting revenues not only pay for the capital and operating costs of the small hydro facilities, they also generate a substantial profit for the water utility, lessening the need for water rate increases.

Subject Headings: Electric power | Water supply systems | Hydro power | Light rail transit | Urban areas | Turbines | Revenues | Assets | California | United States | Los Angeles

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