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Water from the Colorado River
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Industry and Water Thirty years ago the Metropolitan Water District area was a sparsely settled region with no Harbor worth the name and scarcely any industrial activity. Today the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor is second in world commerce and first in in-tercoastal trade. In the value of its industrial production, Los Angeles has leaped from twenty-third place among American cities, in 1899, to eighth place in 1929. Among the principal industries of the Metropolitan Area are. . . petroleum refineries, rubber manufacturing plants, fibre board and paper products, furniture manufacturing, ice and cold storage packing plants, steel mills, soap products and laundries. Industry has found Southern California climatic conditions to be ideally adapted to its requirements. Excellent transportation facilities by rail and water have also encouraged industrial growth in this section. Value of Manufactured Products in Four Counties Represented in Metropolitan Water District 1899 1909 1919 1929 $30,780,000 $75,153,000 $479,545,000 $1,388,700,000 Growth in Los Angeles Harbor Commerce 1915 1920 1925 1930 $88,000,000 $153,000,000 $671,000,000 $1,055,000,000 More than 13 square miles of wharves, warehouses, shipyards and petroleum facilities are included in the Los Angeles Harbor. It represents an investment, up to date, of $100,000,000. It is this tremendous industrial development that has helped to create such a demand for water .. . . and foreshadows far greater demands for the immediate future. Page TWENTY-FIVE

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