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Water from the Colorado River
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Population and Water In no section of the United States has there occurred such an amazing growth in population and wealth as that which has taken place continuously during the past three decades in the fifteen cities in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Here are a group of cities that have increased their population more than ten-fold within the past thirty years . . . and have increased the assessed valuation of their properties many, many fold, as well. These increases have brought with them tremendous demands for water. It is population and this established wealth which make the Metropolitan Aqueduct a feasible project. Furthermore, aside from the question of future growth and industrial expansion in this area, Colorado River water is needed to maintain and safeguard this existing population and wealth. Population Data U. S. Census Figures for past Three Decades and Estimated Growth for next Two Decades. Fifteen cities in Metropolitan Water District. 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 130,729 408,354 760,486 1,711,32.8 *2,579,000 *3,566,000 *Projected by Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on theory that other cities will grow at same rate as does Los Angeles. In past, most of these cities have exceeded central city's rate of growth. County Assessor records reveal that the total assessed valuation of the fifteen cities, in the District, as of 1930, amounted to $2.,431,000,000. In view of the fact that the Counties assess on a basis of a value less than half the actual value, the real valuation of these fifteen cities exceeds five billion dollars. Page TWENTY-THREE

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