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What Oroville Means to Us and Why We Should Care

Standing as the tallest dam in the U.S., Oroville plays a critical role in water delivery for the state. Within the last few days, Oroville has been subject to nationwide attention due to damage on its concrete spillway and emergency spillway. Oroville Dam plays an important role in water delivery in California. You may ask, how did this start and how does this affect us locally? Here are your answers. Read More

Meaningful Conversations: A review of the California Water Fix

The California Water Fix, formerly known as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, is a project proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and the California Department of Water Resources to build two tunnels under the San Joaquin- Sacramento Bay Delta. This project was proposed to address water reliability in the Delta. Read More

February’s Central MWD Caucus Explores Metropolitan’s Priorities for 2017

Central Basin, in partnership with Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, hosted the monthly Central MWD Caucus on Wednesday, February 1st. Guests joined us to hear from Gary Breaux, Chief Financial Officer of Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), to learn about Metropolitan’s priorities for 2017.   Read More

Drought and Water Use Regulations Continue

As California is now in its fifth year of drought, conserving water has continued to be increasingly important. Across the state, significant efforts in saving water have been achieved. Recently, the state has been fortunate enough to receive much needed precipitation, which occurred more in Northern California. With major reservoirs now at full capacity, this will help to provide opportunities for water agencies to manage storage supplies for future use. Read More

Reflecting on a Year of Progress

Fiscal Year 15-16 has been a year of progress for Central Basin. Over the past year, Central Basin has demonstrated its commitment to move forward.  The changes the District has implemented have resulted in improved financial stability, operations, governance and more resources for our communities. Read More

Up Close: Bellflower Unified Lays Groundwork for Sustainability

Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD) has an evident enthusiasm for conservation.  In a short span of one year, BUSD reduced its water consumption by an impressive 7.6 million gallons of water. That’s right, a whopping 7.6 million gallons. “Although water, as a utility cost, is one of our lowest cost, for me it’s our most important resource. We’re not adding water…we can’t produce water,” BUSD Teacher and Energy Specialist Matt LaGrass told Central Basin. Read More

A Conversation to Outdoor Conservation

July is known to be Smart Irrigation Month and here in California, we should celebrate it all day, every day for 365 days. Launched in 2005 by the Irrigation Association, the month long event increases awareness of water conservation outdoors. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that as much as 50% of the water consumed outdoors is wasted on inefficient irrigation and this percentage increases during the summer months. We need to be more strategic with our watering habits—California’s drought is endemic.  Let’s use only what we need. Read More

Water Conservation Improves Locally

If there’s a will, there’s a way.  The State Water Resources Control Board announced Wednesday that residential water use statewide dropped 29% during the month of May compared to usage in 2013.  In the Central Basin service area, cities and purveyors saved an average of 20%, with some retailers and purveyors saving over 25% and up to 35%! Read More

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.      Read More

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. Read More

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 More

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 Read More

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. Read More

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 More

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 Narrow Read More

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 More

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. Read More

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. Read More

September MWD Caucus Highlights Hydraulic Fracturing

Hydraulic fracturing is becoming one of the most talked about subjects in terms of natural resources and this month participants attending the Central MWD Caucus had the opportunity to learn more about its process and its impact on local water resources. Read More

The Longest Straw

Ever wonder what it would be like to backpack over the entire Los Angeles Aqueduct? Film director, Samantha Bode and her crew will be hiking the over 200 miles that make up the aqueduct; that’s the same walking distance from London to Paris!  Catch the 60-day journey on The Longest Straw. Read More

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