The Water Cooler

Central Basin Municipal Water District's Water Blog

A Conversation to Outdoor Conservation

July is known to be Smart Irrigation Month and here in California, we should celebrate it all day, every day for 365 days. Launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association, the month long event increases awareness of water conservation outdoors.

The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 50% of the water consumed outdoors is wasted on inefficient irrigation and this percentage increases during the summer months.

We need to be more strategic with our watering habits—California’s drought is endemic.  Let’s use only what we need. Read the rest of this entry »

Water Conservation Improves Locally

If there’s a will, there’s a way.  The State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday that residential water use statewide dropped 29% during the month of May compared to usage in 2013.  In the Central Basin service area, cities and purveyors saved an average of 20%, with some retailers and purveyors saving over 25% and up to 35%!

The cut in water usage is a result of the aggressive efforts to change behavior and more broadly, change lifestyles.  While these cutbacks illustrate that Californians are doing much more than incremental changes, the drought is still pervasively affecting the state’s water supplies.

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Turf Removal Rebate

Lawns across California are being transformed into water-efficient oases as part of an effort to promote efficiency statewide.  Developing these stunning gardens will add dollars to your wallet and will conserve water.


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2015 Water Is Life Traveling Art Exhibit

The Water Is Life traveling art exhibit is on display now through June 23 at Central Basin headquarters!

In partnership with the Metropolitan Water District, Central Basin annually sponsors the water conservation poster contest throughout our service area for students in grades 4 – 8. As part of water awareness month, the contest encourages students to illustrate water use and conservation messaging. Other Metropolitan member agencies across Southern California also co-sponsor this program and select a winning piece to be featured in the 2016 Water Is Life Calendar.

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2015 Solar Cup

For the 13th consecutive year, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) hosted Solar Cup, a seven month program where students build and race solar-powered boats.  As an MWD member agency, Central Basin sponsored three schools from the service area: John Glenn High School, Downey High School and Paramount High School.

Downey High School shined at this year’s Solar Cup, taking first place in the Veteran, Central and Bay Region 200 Meter Sprint Race, and the Public Service Message.  The team also placed second place in the endurance race.  Read the rest of this entry »

Water Bond Update

In November 2014 water officials celebrated in victory for the passage of the $7.5 billion water bond. The Water Quality and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 includes funding for several critical areas including regional water reliability, safe drinking water, watersheds and flood management, water recycling, groundwater sustainability, and storage. The Water Bond dates back to 2009 when Senator Dave Cogdill introduced the bill as

the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act.  The bill was slated to appear in 2010; however, it was postponed to 2012 due to the belief the bond would not pass. In 2012, the bond was again delayed to 2014. And the rest is history. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Landscape Irrigation Survey

Are you a commercial, industrial or institutional organization using a considerably large amount of water in landscaped areas? And let’s not mention the water bill. Free help is available.

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DIY Gardening Toolkit

The number of do-it-yourselfers is steadily increasing and that’s in part thanks to rise of social media.  The DIY projects range from arts and crafts, and home décor to landscaping and upgrading furniture.  Plantable is a new and great resource for every DIY-er interested in gardening. The website and iOs application, provides visitors with several fast and easy gardening crafts.  Read the rest of this entry »

Soaking in Water Knowledge

Changing the social norm on water conservation begins with education and the earlier we start, the more we’ll absorb.  Central Basin keeps this in mind while we work with local schools to offer educational programs.  One of the programs available is Water Squad Investigations, offered to 4th through 12th grade students.  Launched in 2006, the program is a collaboration between Central Basin, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and the Whittier Narrows Nature Center.   Read the rest of this entry »

Going Dirty for the Drought

Can you avoid a car wash for 60 days?

That’s the premise of the Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s latest campaign.  Go Dirty for the Drought challenges Californians to skip car washes for 60 days to help conserve water.  In return, the LA Waterkeeper sends participants a sticker to display on their windows.  Participants are asked to share images of the sticker on social media by using the hashtag DirtyCarPledge. Read the rest of this entry »