The Water Cooler

Central Basin Municipal Water District's Water Blog

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 »

Talking all about Water: 2014 WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Expo

This year’s WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference drew in more than 900 water professionals from throughout the Nation, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.  The conference was held from October 8-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual conference brings ideas, projects and discussions on water use, conservation and efficiency.  Central Basin was selected as a participant for this year’s poster session and panel discussion.  Sandi Linares-Plimpton, Conservation and Outreach Officer, presented Central Basin’s Turf-It-Out project. She provided information on the District’s five demonstration gardens, process of creating a drought-friendly gardens, and challenges in such projects.  WSI participants were sent home with a Central Basin poppy seed packet to encourage them to start their very own gardens.

Continuing the conversation on creating a water-use change, Central Basin’s Public Affairs Specialist, Priscilla Segura, participated in WSI’s Outreach and Marketing Panel Discussion.  She provided a comprehensive presentation on the District’s social media campaigns, including steps to starting an online campaign, challenges and a list of best practices.

Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Expo is the largest urban water-efficiency conference of its kind in the world. More information on the conference can be found on

Have You Taken the California Challenge?

There’s a new trend among online users that is bringing out the water activist in everyone.  Next 10, an organization focused on raising awareness on critical California issues, started the California Water Challenge to encourage users to look into the different ways water demand can be reduced.

Users are presented with focus areas to reduce water demand including urban water use, agricultural demand, water supply development, water recycling, lost water recovery and water storage.  With each category, users have the opportunity to select different ways of reducing water in that particular area of focus. With each category, users are provided with information on the impact and cost.

Towards the end of the challenge, users are presented with a series of questions in which they are asked to take a position, such as mandatory water restrictions, fines for overuse, water bond and water rates.  At the very end of the challenge, visitors are presented with a summary of their selected choices and their impacts.

The challenge is an opportunity for the online community to engage in deeper conversations on the different strategies that can be taken to conserve water. And further than conversations, the challenge is a way for community members to make physical changes.

Get your challenge on! Visit