CVWD pumps groundwater from the Verdugo Basin. The basin is located beneath CVWD’s service area, about 200 feet below the ground's surface. Water production out of the Verdugo basin is highly dependent on replenishment from precipitation, which may take up to three years to fully infltrate into the basin.
CVWD's procurement of imported water is contracted through Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD), which purchases water from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD obtains imported water from Northern California, nearly 400 miles away, and from the Colorado River, about 300 miles away from CVWD’s service area.