In Re: Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether ("MTBE") Products Liability Litigation

Filing 4463

DECLARATION of Matthew T. Heartney in Opposition re: 4460 MOTION to Remand Phase 1 Claims Against Shell and BP Defendants.. Document filed by Atlantic Richfield Company, BP Products North America, Inc.(formerly known as Amoco Oil Company), BP West Coast LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6, # 7 Exhibit 7, # 8 Exhibit 8)(Heartney, Matthew)

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Orange County Water District ORANGE COUNTY WATER DISTRICT HISTORY AND CHARACTER The District receives an average of only 13 to 15 inches of rainfall annually, yet sustains a population of approximately 2.4 million people. The residents and businesses within the District have two primary sources of drinking water. One source is a natural underground reservoir, called the Orange County groundwater basin. The other source, referred to as imported water, comes from Colorado through the Colorado River Aqueduct and from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta in Northern California through the State Water Project. The groundwater basin was used by early settlers to supplement flows from the Santa Ana River. As the area developed into a thriving agricultural center, the increased demand upon the subsurface water by the county’s many wells resulted in a gradual lowering of the water table. In response, the Orange County Water District was formed in 1933 by a special act of the California State Legislature. OCWD manages the groundwater basin that underlies the northwest half of the county, supplying a significant percentage of the District’s total water demand. The remaining demand is obtained through the Colorado River Aqueduct and State Water Project via the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Municipal Water District of Orange County. DISTRICT VITAL STATISTICS Date of Enactment: 1933 Form of Government: Special District of the State of California Area (square miles): 358 Employees (full-time equivalent): 220.5 Major Groundwater Producing Agencies: Anaheim, City of Buena Park, City of East Orange County Water District Fountain Valley, City of Fullerton, City of Garden Grove, City of Golden State Water Company Huntington Beach, City of Irvine Ranch Water District La Palma, City of Mesa Water District Newport Beach, City of Orange, City of Santa Ana, City of Seal Beach, City of Serrano Water District Tustin, City of Westminster, City of Yorba Linda Water District

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