On April 19, 2022 Inland Action met with Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager and CEO of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan). Metropolitan has 26 member agencies throughout southern California serving 19 million people. They deliver 1.5 billion gallons of water daily using 830 miles of pipeline and 5 treatment plants. Metropolitan has $1.5 billion invested in local resources. They have a $1.9 billion budget with 1800 employees. There is an intense focus on conservation and reliable long term water sources.