Central Basin

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 https://www.watersmartinnovations.com

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.

Creativity Flows in Student Artwork

Cecilia Lee UntitledElementary and Middle school students are encouraged to submit artwork demonstrating different ways to conserve water. This year’s 2014 Water Is Life poster contest is one of several programs Central Basin offers for students to creatively depict various water-wise uses at home or school.

This brief Water Is Life Student Art Contest slideshow features posters from student artists across southeast Los Angeles County throughout the past few years. Read the rest of this entry »

Recycled Water Conserves Drinking Water

DSC_0754Public acceptance with recycled water continues to increase, due in part with a growing trend for landscape irrigation and other commercial uses.  A recent article in the Sacramento Bee covers how recycled water is viewed as an alternative to ease our state’s drought concerns.  Growth is also developing with Direct Potable Reuse, which is recycled water that would go directly into a distribution system, as opposed to groundwater distribution. Central Basin had an opportunity last summer to provide information on Direct Potable Reuse during an interview with an industry expert.

The earth naturally recycles water as part of its hydrologic cycle. With modern technological advancements, we can mimic this natural process by doing it at a much faster rate. By using the most advanced water treatments to purify water, our recycled water exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Basin Kick’s Off Earth Day Activities

Earth_GlobeSpring has arrived with Earth Day celebrations happening all around us!  Celebrated annually, Earth Day occurs on April 22 with events held all over the world to demonstrate support in  protecting our environment. It was first officially recognized in 1970 and coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,  The Spirit of the First Earth Day that began in 1970 is described on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Central Basin is excited to be part of several events located throughout our service area.  For some, these celebrations have already started – here’s a short list of scheduled events: Read the rest of this entry »

Selecting Drought Tolerant Plants

DT colorful-water-wise-landscapeNo doubt, California is in a drought. Recent rain and snow storms are welcomed, but the state’s water supply conditions are still challenging. Governor Brown has made a call to all Californian’s to conserve our water use by 20%, in an effort for the state to survive this year’s drought and to make conservation a way of life. One simple and effective way to start saving several gallons of water, is to change outdoor landscapes. With grass being a very thirsty plant, many other options are available that can enhance landscape aesthetics with minimal care. Read the rest of this entry »

Using 20% Less Water

washing-machineAfter experiencing two consecutive dry years in 2012 and 2013, California now has entered 2014 in a drought. However, unlike historical drought conditions, this year the state is under severe conditions.

This week, Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced an Emergency Drought Legislation. Citing this as a call to action, the proposed legislation would provide $687 million for support during this drought. Everyone in the state of California will need to have a part in using less water. Read the rest of this entry »

Stretching the Colorado River

CO River BasinThe life of Colorado River has been stretched to its fullest with challenges responding to drought conditions and developments with restoration efforts of the Salton Sea. However, successful historic and collaborated efforts were accomplished between the U.S. and Mexico with the Minute 319 Treaty Agreement. Below is a brief summary of these conditions the Colorado River is facing:

Drought Conditions

Lake Powell experienced  the driest two-year period on record during 2012 and 2013. The Colorado River basin is experiencing a chronic shortage due to natural flows along with a short-term problem of the current drought conditions. Additinally, Lake Mead’s natural flow patterns are projected to drop about 20 feet during 2014. An informative piece on this river rcently ran in the New York Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Outdoor Landscapes Made Beautiful Without Grass

Experience the beauty of gardening with California native plants. There are several options to choose from that include vibrant succulent plants, attractive groundcover and blooming flowering natives. Additional features could also include synthetic turf or permeable hardscapes as a walking pathway.

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Recycled Water: A Viable Alternative

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!07_2010 (62)

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.