Central Basin grant program helps southeast LA communities save millions of gallons of water

Four school districts, four cities and one boys and girls club are saving  over 19 million gallons of water annually by participating Central Basin’s retrofit program.

The Department of Water Resources awarded Central Basin a Prop 50 grant to retrofit public and non-profit facilities.  Central Basin also partnered with Liberty Utilities and Suburban Water Systems to provide more funding for retrofits.  

Through the grant, Central Basin conducted 75 audits and retrofitted 59 facilities. The retrofits involved swapping out water-wasting devices for ones that used less water.  Central Basin upgraded both indoor and outdoor devices. The indoor water savings are expected to be 42% and the outdoor water savings are expected to be 58%.   

Here’s the impressive water savings breakdown:

  • 280 high-efficient toilets installed – will save over 5.62 million gallons of water                                                        
  • 94 urinals installed – will save over 1.18 million gallons of water
  • 216 faucet aerators installed – will save over 1.42 million gallons of water
  • 23 smart irrigation controllers installed – will save over 3.11 million gallons of water
  • 4,285 nozzles and fixed irrigation systems installed – will save over 8.04 million gallons of water  

Central Basin performed audits on the following organizations:

  • South Whittier School District
    • McKibben Elementary
  • Whittier City School District
    • Washington Elementary                               
    • West Whittier Elementary
    • Orange Grove Elementary
    • Daniel Phelan Elementary
    • Walter Dexter Middle
  • Lowell Joint School District
    • Jordan Elementary
    • District Offices
    • Meadow Green Elementary
    • Rancho Starbuck Intermediate  
  • Compton Unified School District                             
    • Lincoln-Drew Elementary   
    • Carver Elementary
  • Boys and Girls Club of Whittier    
    • Main Clubhouse
    • Teen Center
  • City of Norwalk    
    • Social Services Library
  • City of Signal Hill  
    • Discovery Well Park
    • Community Center   
    • City Hall
    • Panorama Promenade
    • Hilltop Park
  • City of Paramount
    • Progress Park Plaza
    • City Hall
  • City of Commerce
    • Senior Center
    • Bandini Park
    • Bristow Park
    • City Hall
    • Community Center

Central Basin is continuing the retrofits by pursuing more grants. Central Basin recently received funding, from Proposition 84, to audit and retrofit public facilities. The grant will be available for three years. For more information on the Proposition 84 grant, contact Sandi Linares-Plimpton by e-mail at sandilp@centralbasin.org.