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  Outdoor water use typically reaches its highest demand in the month of July, which is why it has been declared ‘Smart Irrigation Month.’ Central Basin MWD would like to celebrate ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ by providing tips to reduce water use.  One of the best ways to contribute to ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ is by participating in SoCal Water$mart’s Turf Replacement Program. In partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Central Basin offers a $2 per square foot rebate for converted turf. Replacing your thirsty grass with a native landscape will reduce the need for irrigation and significantly lower your water bill. Additionally, water saving measures such as irrigation controllers, rain barrels, and soil moisture sensors are also available for rebates. However, if you choose to keep your lawn, we highly recommend only watering once or twice a week, either early mornings or late evenings, as the cooler temperatures will reduce water evaporation and allow for more penetration through the soil. Another recommendation would be to consider replacing your lawn with hardier species of grass such as Buffalo Grass or California Fescue, which add drought tolerant flowers to your landscape as opposed to annuals. Annuals, while vivid and intense in their bloom, are often short lived and require much irrigation. Succulents are an alternative from the traditional American landscape, and provide a chance to experiment with their unique shapes and colors. Try to avoid tropical plants as they require lots of irrigation and more often than not, these exotic plants are not suited to our environment. Native plants to California are the best possible choice as they are adapted to live in our arid and dry climate, only needing occasional water from rainfall. Another simple method to use less water while irrigating is through the use of mulch. Mulch reduces evaporation of water, thereby conserving water for plants and reducing the need for more irrigation. Mulch comes in a variety of forms all with their own unique benefits that can match your landscape needs and designs. Mulch can range from pine chips that provide a pleasing aroma to smooth pebbles that give a more refined look. Certain types of mulch have been known to naturally repel fleas, ticks, and gnats from your landscape, while also preventing the growth and spreading of weeds. When it comes time to replace broken down organic mulch, rest assured knowing that the organic matter provides essential nutrients for the soil beneath, making it stronger and healthier for future plants. Lastly, to protect your landscape from water loss, we advise to check your irrigation system for clogged or broken sprinklers. A broken sprinkler head that is not fixed can waste about 11,000 gallons of water annually, and lead to a variety of other issues within your landscape. Pressure problems can lead to uneven, patchy landscapes and dead spots, while overspray can drown plants and lead to runoff, further disrupting a landscape. Many of these issues can be handled by the homeowner early on before ever requiring the use of a professional.   For more information about what rebates you could receive and more landscape ideas for ‘Smart Irrigation Month’ visit www.socalwatersmart.com. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Jul 09, 2019 at 4:54 PM
  
According to recent studies conducted by UCLA, our wetlands could disappear entirely by the end of the century, unless immediate action is taken. Wetlands serve a vital role in shielding shorelines, improving water quality, providing recreational opportunities, and protecting endangered species and plants. California’s coastal wetlands are currently one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet and are beginning to diminish due to a climate-change driven rise in sea level, pollution, and stress from development.             The National Research Council estimates that by 2100, sea levels will rise over 5 ½ feet due to climate change causing icecaps to melt. Others have predicted an even faster rise. On October 18, 2018, the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project partners approved a strategy titled “Wetlands on the Edge,” which focuses on restoring the wetlands immediately since restoration projects can take approximately 20 to 40 years to fully complete.             The project will not only restore, but may even create more wetlands and would not have to remove homes or buildings. Requirements of the project include changes to coastal infrastructure such as reconfiguring bridges and removing levees, changes which would need to be made eventually. The public has invested over $500 million over the past half-century which has resulted in improved water quality in areas such as the Santa Monica Bay. Close to home, several wetlands located in Orange and Los Angeles counties would have significant improvements through this plan. The strategy will guide restoration, in an effort to reduce the risk of losing habitat.  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Dec 18, 2018 at 9:53 AM
  
In 2016, Central Basin MWD faced new legislation which resulted in the District expanding the membership of the Board of Directors. In addition to the five publically-elected directors, which represent the District’s five separate divisions, three additional directors will be appointed by water purveyors within the District pursuant to Section 71267 of the Water Code. Until 2022, Central Basin is to have an eight member Board; after 2022, the Board will decrease to seven directors, as one of the elected positions will be eliminated through redistricting. Two of the three appointed seats up for election this year in regards to the appointment process are: A director to represent the large water purveyors, each purveyor will have one vote; and A director to represent all purveyors, the vote of each purveyor shall be weighted to reflect the number of service connections the purveyor has within the District. Call for Nominations The District will mail Nomination Forms by Thursday, October 25, 2018, to water purveyors within the service area. Ballots will be opened at a Special Purveyor Workshop on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Voting Process After the District has tallied the nominations, the ballots will be mailed on January 14, 2019. The results will be opened at the Purveyor Workshop on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Appointed Directors will be installed on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00PM.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Oct 25, 2018 at 11:23 AM
  
Governor Brown issued mandatory water restrictions during California’s historic drought. On May 31, 2018, he signed companion bills AB 1688 (Friedman) and SB 606 (Hertzberg) to create a permanent framework for statewide water conservation measures. The bills are intended to encourage conservation as a ‘way of life’ for Californians and help the state better prepare for future droughts and anticipated environmental changes. Retail water agencies across the state will be incorporating new standards in an effort to achieve mandatory water conservation goals.  What new regulations/requirements do these bills entail?  AB 1668 and SB 606 will require the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to establish long-term water use efficiency standards by June 30, 2022. These standards will include reporting requirements for indoor and outdoor residential use, commercial, industrial, and institutional (CII) landscape areas, water losses through leaks, as well as other components.  In addition, retail agencies will be required to calculate objectives and actual water use by 2023, which are to be updated by November 1 each following year. Residential indoor water use will be limited to 55 gallons per person each day until January 1, 2025 and will be incrementally reduced over time. On January 25, 2025, there will be a decision to decrease the amount to (a) a number selected by DWR or (b) 52.5 gallons per capita daily. By January 1, 2030, the amount will be decreased to 50 gallons per capita daily. For more information on specific requirements, please click here.   What this means  Water suppliers retain the flexibility to develop enhanced water efficiency programs specifically for their communities in order to achieve local water use targets. The primary goals of this legislation are to encourage Californians to continue using water more wisely, eliminate water waste and strengthen drought resilience. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Oct 10, 2018 at 2:50 PM