Central Basin Municipal Water District September 22, 2008

Firebaugh Green Campaign Helps Distribute Water-Saving Toilets to Local Residents

Campaign Helps Distribute Toilets to Residents

Water Savers

Central Basin Municipal Water District director Rudy Montalvo, right, and Jaime Hernandez of the Oldtimers Foundation, help distribute high efficiency toilets to Lynwood and Bellflower residents Saturday at Firebaugh High School in Lynwood. The giveaway was part of a Central Basin Metropolitan Water District program to encourage conservation and promote environmental stewardship.

LYNWOOD – More than 80 high efficiency toilets were handed free to Lynwood and Bellflower area residents on Saturday August 23rd by volunteers from Firebaugh High School Boosters and the Oldtimers Foundation.

The giveaway was part of a Central Basin Municipal Water District program to encourage conservation and promote environmental stewardship. Residents are required to replace their old toilets with the new high-efficiency units within the next two weeks. The old units will be recycled and a $15 donation made for college scholarships for each recycled toilet.

The goal of the program is to enable more high-performing Firebaugh High students who are immigrants, to attend the state college or university of their choice.

Under the law AB 540 (Dream Act), sponsored by the late California Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh (for whom the school is named), immigrant students who meet certain qualifications would be eligible to pay in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities in California, regardless of their immigration status.

The toilets are estimated to save each household 18,000 gallons of water per year. They are the state-of-the-art Australian-made high efficiency toilets made by Caroma and distributed by Sustainable Solutions International.