The Water Cooler

Central Basin Municipal Water District's Water Blog

Rotate To a Green Garden

Flooded sidewalks can be a thing of the past.  Rotating sprinkler nozzles are becoming garden expert’s new favorite gadget because it eliminates runoff and uses 20% less water than its traditional counterpart.  The best part of these water efficient devices, there’s a rebate.

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August Central MWD Caucus Highlights Water Regulations and Restoration of the LA River

Severe dry conditions have led to a greater emphasis on the preservation of water resources. Two of the most recent topics include outdoor water regulations and the restoration of the LA River. Stakeholders attending the Central MWD Caucus were briefed on these two timely topics.

The State Water Resources Control Board’s water regulations went into effect on July 28th. Grace Chan, Resource and Planning Manager for Metropolitan Water District, explained that the regulations are effective until April 25, 2015 and can be renewed if needed.  The regulations state that Californians are prohibited from: Read the rest of this entry »

July is Smart Irrigation Month

It’s no secret that during hot summer days, water demand rises.  To raise awareness on the importance of efficient water use outdoors, the National Irrigation Association promotes July as Smart Irrigation Month. 

Launched in 2005, the campaign promotes smart irrigation devices and practices.  Communities are encouraged to use products that support outdoor water efficiency such as, rotating nozzles, weather based irrigation controllers and soil moisture sensor systems. Read the rest of this entry »

State Water Board Enacts Fines for Excessive Outdoor Water Use

Keep a close eye on your outdoor watering habits, it can now cost you up to $500 per day.  The State Water Resources Control Board approved emergency regulations that allow officials to fine residents for using excessive water outdoors.

The unprecedented action taken on Tuesday, comes after study results indicate that water use has increased by 1%.  Early January, Governor Brown asked for a voluntary water reduction of 20% and despite this call, water use has increased.

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Water Bond Discussions on Hold

Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins announced that further discussions on proposing a 2014 water bond have been placed on hold before lawmakers go on the summer recess.  Several proposals are currently being considered to replace the existing $11.14 billion bond scheduled to be placed on the November 2014 ballot for voters to consider.

A new water Bond that is being shaped proposes funding for several categories that include groundwater protection, water quality, water recycling, conservation, safe drinking water and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrating Student Artists

DSC_0978The 2014 Water Is Life Traveling Art Show was recently on display at the District’s headquarters. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and its member agencies, the Water Is Life poster contest promotes student artistic talents. The program is offered for students to express a variety of ways that everyone can save water, here’s a brief slide show of some of the winning artwork.  Celebrating student artists, parents and educators, these winners are featured in Metropolitan’s 2014 Water Is Life 2014 calendar. Click here, if you would like to receive a 2014 calendar!

Revitalizing the Los Angeles River

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Several developments have occurred along the Los Angeles River throughout the years. In the early 1900’s, the river was developed to manage flood control.  Now local efforts are paving the way for increased recreational activities that include kayaking, fishing and bicycling.  An informative timeline of the Los Angeles River compiled by regional agencies and groups dates all the way back to 48,000 + years ago.  Historic pictures of the Los Angeles River provides us a glimpse of how the landscape of this region has changed throughout the years. Read the rest of this entry »

Boosted Incentives for Recycled Water

Beginning July 1, 2014, new opportunities will be available to convert water usage to recycled water. As part of the Metropolitan Water District’s Local Resources Program, an On-site Retrofit Pilot Program will be available to offer financial assistance for construction costs, permitting and more.

The use of recycled water continues to be a reliable source for irrigating landscapes and is becoming increasingly popular across the state. Businesses throughout the region are encouraged to participate in the program for incentives of up to $195 per acre-foot for five years of estimated water use.

For more information, a program fact sheet is available along with a list of frequently asked questions.  For more information on the many benefits of using recycled water, click here.

Water Inspection Trips

InspectionThank you to everyone who attended the water aqueduct inspection trips this year!  We are at the end of the season and will be kicking off the trips again in the fall.

As a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District, Central Basin Municipal Water District appoints two representatives to serve on the governing seats of the 37-member Metropolitan Board.  By attending these inspection trips along the Colorado River Aqueduct, the State Water Project Aqueduct and the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir, community members can learn more about the water delivery system for Southern California, the history of these developments and how water agencies are managing supplies for our semi-arid region. Read the rest of this entry »

Local College Offers Environmental Education Courses

college chemistRio Hondo College, located in Whittier, offers a comprehensive Environmental Science Program.  Since 2007, the program has offered opportunities for students to pursue environmental careers in a variety of specialties.  Students can graduate with the tools needed to either transfer to bachelor’s degree program or be prepared with qualifications to enter the workforce at the technical level. What’s more is that interns are placed with public and private agencies each semester.  There are many different types of jobs in the water industry that include sectors in finance, communications, scientists, water quality, engineering and operations.   To discover more information on this exciting opportunity at Rio Hondo College, click here.