Huntington Beach meets the majority of its water demand from groundwater wells located throughout the City. The City pays a replenishment assessment to the Orange County Water District for each acre-foot of water taken from the groundwater basin. The remainder of the City’s water demand is met with imported water delivered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Currently, groundwater is produced from ten operating water wells that vary in depth from 250 feet to 1,020 feet, with production varying from 450 gallons per minute (gpm) to 4,000 gpm. Total production from all ten wells is rated at 30,000 gpm.
Huntington Beach has three connections with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. On connection (OC 9) is located in the Northeast corner of the City and has the capacity to deliver 6,750 gpm into the water system. A second connection (OC 35) is located in the Northwest corner and has a capacity of 11,250 gpm. The third connection is located in the southeast portion of the City and has a capacity of 7,000 gpm.
The water system includes four reservoirs with a combined capacity of 55 million gallons and four booster stations with a combined capacity to pump 44,365 gpm into the water system. The distribution system consists of approximately 590 miles of pipeline, 5,670 hydrants and over 15,000 valves.
Water consumption in Huntington Beach follows a typical pattern of higher usage in the summer and less in the winter. However, the City’s milder coastal climate helps to lessen the difference between summer and winter use. The City has experienced great success with water conservation efforts. Despite an increase in population, far less water is used today than 20 years ago.