Central Basin’s newest recycled water connection is at Smith Park in Pico Rivera. Use of recycled water for irrigation, commercial and industrial purposes is 100% water conserved!
Sources of drinking water are becoming increasingly limited and recycled water is an ideal alternative that is necessary to sustain a reliable supply of water for our region. Recycled water is also less expensive compared to drinking water which can be a financial incentive. One of the many benefits of using recycled water for irrigation is that it reduces the need for chemical fertilizers. The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County highlights the top 10 benefits of water recycling.
Central Basin continues to work collectively with its customer base throughout 24 cities of southeast Los Angeles County, in an effort to expand the use of recycled water for irrigation, golf courses, street medians and parks. Some innovative options for use of recycled water includes textiles, paper production, dye houses, co-generation plants and printing facilities.
For more information on Central Basin’s recycled water program, click here.
A topic in this week’s water news from the Association of California Water Agencies includes a release of a Draft Action Plan for Water. The plan has been released by three state agencies that include the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
In response to a request earlier this year from Governor Brown, the plan defines ten areas that identify actions to serve as a state plan and puts forth proposed measures towards further enhancing conservation actions already in place. Read the rest of this entry »
The Department of Water Resources is holding workshops throughout the state urging preparation for the possibility of a third consecutive dry year in 2014 that are designed to provide updates on drought planning, response and mitigation measures.
Earlier this month, the California Department of Water Resources and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) organized a workshop that included several topics of interest on statewide water conditions, Colorado River Supplies, groundwater banking, climate projections of extreme weather conditions and more. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many ways to reduce the amount of trash that is hauled away to our landfills. Recycling is one simple method and backyard composting can be just as easy! Central Basin, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works offers free gardening workshops throughout our service area.
In August, the Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife held an informational hearing towards developing an updated water bond. The Clean Drinking Water & Climate Change Response Act of 2014 would be intended towards strengthening the state’s water infrastructure needs. Discussions were centered on an $11 billion bond, which is considered pricey and not likely to win voter approval.
Working group members of the California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife include Anthony Rendon (Chair), Toni Atkins, Raul Bocanegra, Wes Chesbro, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Mike Gatto, Richard Gordon, Kevin Mullin and Henry Perea. Information on the latest developments can be found on their website. Prior to last month’s hearing, members spent weeks reaching out to constituents on bond priorities and developed a framework on remaking the 2014 water bond. Read the rest of this entry »
During the August Central MWD Caucus, stakeholders throughout our region received information on the topic of Direct Potable Reuse (DPR). With a visit from Jeff Mosher, Executive Director of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), information was shared on their agency’s extensive research towards maximizing the use of recycled water with the use of DPR.
In a short interview, Jeff describes that instead of recycled water going directly into the environment, such as the ground or surface water reservoirs, recycled water from a direct potable plant would go into a distribution system or it may go into a surface water treatment plant before a distribution system. Read the rest of this entry »
Summertime is an ideal time to spend outdoors and there are many ways for your landscapes to beat the heat too. Did you know that more than 50% of home water use goes outside to irrigate grass and landscapes? Native plants use little water and can do well under warm temperatures. Central Basin and the Metropolitan Water District offers cash incentives to remove grass from your landscape and replace with low-water native plants or synthetic turf. Please visit our Conservation website for more information. Throughout November, gardening workshops are scheduled at a variety of locations within our service area and participants will have an opportunity to receive a free garden starter kit. Smart Gardening workshops are held in partnership with the County of Los Angeles, click here for more more information, or visit our website calendar for scheduled classes. California native gardens create many benefits for our environment, conserves water and sustains native bird and butterfly populations too!
Participants that attended the August Central MWD Caucus were briefed on imminent water shortages our region is facing, particularly from the Colorado River. If things don’t change with the current combination of our dry weather conditions and low reservoir storages at Lake Mead and Lake Powell, a shortage will be declared. The Colorado River system has suffered over the last two years from a lack of normal precipitation. The system storage has dropped significantly and is now at 51% capacity. The forecasted runoff is at 40% of normal for 2013.
Over the next two years, the US Bureau of Reclamation could declare a shortage of supplies. In 2016, the possibility of a shortage rises to almost 50%, then looking ahead to 2017 and 2018, the shortage possibility increases to almost 60%. In case you missed it, MSN News ran a story on the probability of the Colorado River basin levels reaching unprecedented lows. Water levels are likely to drop so low, it will trigger mandatory cuts.
With a gloomy outlook on nature’s supply of water, the use of recycled water continues to be a dependable source of supply. Be sure to check back soon on the Water Cooler Blog, we’ll have more information from this month’s Caucus on recycled water and a path forward with direct potable reuse.
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