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For Immediate Release
August 9, 2006

High Efficiency Toilet Giveaway on August 12

***MEDIA ALERT***
Rio Hondo College will Overflow with 1,000 Toilets
Central Basin and Upper San Gabriel MWDs to host region-wide toilet giveaway on August 12th

What:
Central Basin MWD, Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD and Rio Hondo College have partnered to host the largest High-Efficiency Toilet Giveaway event in the region.

1,000 High Efficiency Toilets (HETs), which have a market value of $300 or more, will be given away FREE to raise funds for the Rio Hondo College Foundation. Money raised will go towards student scholarships and athletic programs.

Residents living in either District (an estimated 3 million people) will qualify for this exciting opportunity to upgrade their bathrooms while conserving water. HETs, which include the newest water-saving technology, use only 1.3 gallons per flush or less, compared to older models that use 5-7 gallons per flush.

When:
SATURDAY, August 12, 2006
Starting at 8:00am
Supplies are limited, (first-come, first-serve).

Where:
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601

Photo Opps:
Beginning in the early morning hours, hundreds of cars will begin lining up outside the beautiful Rio Hondo College for FREE, water-saving toilets. This event will be a great opportunity to get photos of families from throughout Southern California working with their local water agencies and the students from Rio Hondo College to conserve water. In addition to the toilet distribution, residents will have the chance to learn about water conservation at various information and display booths, as well as talk to local elected officials and community leaders about key water issues.

Who:
Residents living in the following cities qualify to receive a FREE Toilet:

Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD

Arcadia
Rosemead
Baldwin Park
San Gabriel
Bassett
South El Monte
Bradbury
South Pasadena
Duarte
South San Gabriel
El Monte
Temple City
Irwindale
Valinda
Monrovia

Central Basin MWD

Artesia
Lynwood
Bell
Maywood
Bellflower
Montebello
Bell Gardens
Norwalk
Cerritos
Paramount
Commerce
Pico Rivera
Downey
Santa Fe Springs
Hawaiian Gardens
Signal Hill
Huntington Park
South Gate
La Habra Heights
Vernon
Lakewood
Walnut Park
La Mirada
Whittier

Residents living in the following communities must confirm eligibility.

Azusa
Hacienda Heights
City of Industry
La Puente
Covina
West Covina
Glendora

About Central Basin: Central Basin is a public agency that wholesales imported water to cities, mutual water companies, investor-owned utilities and private companies in southeast Los Angeles County, serving a population of more than 2 million. In addition, Central Basin provides the region with recycled water for municipal, commercial and industrial uses. Formed in 1952, Central Basin is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for the region. For more information, please visit www.centralbasin.org.

About Upper District: The Upper District provides wholesale water service to 17 cities in the San Gabriel Valley. Nearly 1 million people live and work in the Upper District’s 144 square mile service area. In 2005, the Upper District delivered more than 45,000 acre feet (approximately 15 billion gallons) of treated, untreated and recycled water for municipal, industrial and irrigation uses in the San Gabriel Valley.

About Rio Hondo College: Located in Whittier, Rio Hondo is a collaborative center of lifelong learning which provides innovative, challenging, and quality educational offering – including programs and courses leading to transfer and vocational degrees and certificates – for its diverse students and community. For information on the College or its programs, please call 562-692-0921 or visit www.riohondo.edu.