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  Save Water, Save the Earth! Due to the Stay-At-Home Order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom, many individuals may be using more water at home than usual. We encourage you to continue saving water to save our beautiful Earth! If you haven’t taken advantage of the rebates offered by SoCal Water$mart, be sure to check them out at www.socalwatersmart.com. Replacing an appliance with a high-efficient model will not only save hundreds of gallons of water per year, but lower your monthly water bill, too! Here’s a list of simple ways to conserve water in your home: In the Bathroom Reduce your shower time to only 5 minutes. A fun way to do this is by choosing one of your favorite songs that is 5 minutes or less and hop out of the shower before the song is over. Turn off the faucet while lathering your hands in the sink. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. While water for the shower to heat up, place a bucket in the shower. Use the captured water to water your plants. Use a cup of water to rinse your razor while shaving. Check your toilet tank for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. In the Kitchen Run the dishwasher only when the washer is full. If using water to boil, or cook pasta, save the remaining water for your landscape. Use a squeegee to remove excess food instead of pre-rinsing. Soak stubborn pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrub them. Use leftover ice cubes to water house plants or place in your pet’s water bowl. Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap until the water runs cool. In the Laundry Run full loads. Re-use towels. The towel you use to dry after your shower does not need to be laundered after each use – you can hang it up and re-use it instead. If needed, use size cycles. If you are not running a full load, most washing machines have a size option to use less water for fewer items. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more water saving tips! Facebook – www.facebook.com/centralbasinmunicipalwater/ Twitter – @CentralBasin or www.twitter.com/centralbasin Instagram – @CentralBasin or www.instagram.com/centralbasin   To read more about building good water saving habits in response to COVID-19, please visit: https://www.sustainablewaters.org/two-birds-with-one-soap-how-to-fight-covid-19-and-build-good-water-saving-habits/  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Apr 02, 2020 at 10:22 AM
  
It's Fix-A-Leak Week! It’s Fix-a-Leak Week! Every year, minor leaks in U.S. homes and workplaces amount to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted. That’s a lot of water and money that could otherwise be saved. Take control of your water usage this week by fixing leaky faucets and appliances. Here are some facts about unchecked leaks and some tips for recognizing and fixing them. A showerhead that leaks at 10 drops per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Think of it this way: the nearly 1 trillion gallons of annual wasted water across the nation is the equivalent of intentional water use in about 11 million homes annually. 10 percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons of water every day. By fixing those leaks around the yard and house, homeowners can save 10 percent on their water bills. Fix leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Replace old toilets with newer models that meet EPA standards to save 13,000 gallons of water. To identify a leaky toilet, drop a bit of food coloring in the tank, and if any color appears in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Tank will stain if left, so be sure to flush immediately after experiment.) Generally, if your water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month during colder months like January or February, you probably have a serious leak problem. For more tips, tricks, and information on fixing a leak, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Mar 19, 2020 at 9:01 AM
  
Gift Yourself a Water Savings Device this Holiday Season! Central Basin, in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offers rebates on water-savings devices. Not only do the devices save water, but money, too! A new high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet could be the perfect gift this holiday season and will allow you to save water and money all year long. Toilets and washers account for approximately 45% of the water used inside your home! Upgrading to a high-efficiency clothes washer could save about 14 gallons a day, or more than 150,000 gallons over the washer’s lifetime and upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet can save over $800 on your water bill and eventually pay for itself. Rebates for washers start at $85 and rebates for toilets start at $40.  If you’re looking for a gift for outside of the home, outdoor rebates are also offered.  There are a variety of options such as weather-based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels and cisterns, and soil moisture sensor systems.  A weather-based irrigation controller is great if you’re always on the go or forget to let your sprinklers rest when it rains. Did you know that it only takes between 5-10 minutes to water outdoor landscapes?  This controller automatically adjusts the irrigation schedule to account for changing weather, soil conditions, and plant types. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  If you think you might be over-watering, rotating sprinkler nozzles may be a great choice for you! Rotating sprinkler nozzles apply water more slowly and uniformly to prevent over-watering and encourage healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $2 per nozzle.  A rain barrel or cistern is the perfect choice if you like to make the most of your natural resources. Rain barrels and cisterns allow rain to be captured and reused. They also prevent precious water from flowing into the sewer drain. Rebates start at $35 per barrel or cistern.   Soil moisture sensor systems help detect water needs by gauging the moisture present in the soil. This also promotes healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  For more information or to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit www.socalwatersmart.com. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Dec 17, 2019 at 9:05 AM
  
Holiday Water-Use Tips Season’s greetings! The holidays are here, bringing loved ones together to share in cheer and festivities. While this is a wonderful time to entertain guests, hosting friends and family to celebrate the season can lead to more water use than usual. Here are some ways to save water this holiday season. Defrost frozen meat in the refrigerator instead of in the sink. Running the tap to defrost frozen food is a great waste of water, meaning money and a vital resource down the drain. Using the fridge will save water and it is the safest, most reliable method of defrosting foods. Unlike the wasteful tap water method of defrosting, fridge defrosting is beneficial because it does not require constant monitoring and immediate cooking of thawed food, which means you can prepare that holiday ham at your leisure. Wash produce in a bowl of water. You will save a lot of water any time you can avoid running the faucet. For this, a shallow pan is the perfect vessel. Set the table with a water pitcher. This will solve the problem of leftover water in guests’ glasses at meals. A pitcher of water is also a thoughtful way of providing drinks to everyone rather than having guests refill in the kitchen themselves. Install faucet aerators around your home. The holidays provide you the opportunity to host a lot of company in your home at once. Water use in your bathrooms and kitchen will definitely increase with guests. Faucet aerators are an inexpensive way to reduce water use by decreasing the otherwise unnecessary rate at which faucets spew water. Water your plants with leftover ice. If an ice chest is used at your festive gathering, you may have melted ice in need of repurposing. Use this excess water to hydrate your plants indoors and in your garden once your party is over. Use a plate squeegee. Mashed potatoes and gravy are the perfect touch to a Thanksgiving meal, but they can leave quite a mess when it comes time to wash your dishes. A little gel squeegee, specifically made for removing remnants of food from dishware, will cut the need for excessive rinsing before washing. Use a lower setting on the dishwasher. With all the delicious dishes you’ll be cooking for friends and family, there’s sure to be a lot more dishes to wash than usual. Using a lighter setting on your dishwasher will ensure your dishes are clean and ready to use for your next holiday meal, and it will save up to 55% less water than the regular setting. Collect rainwater for future use. Here in Southern California, the holidays arrive during the wettest part of the year. Take advantage of the seasonal rain by collecting it in a Rain Barrel or Cistern to be used later for irrigation. Rebates are available at www.socalwatersmart.com. Happy holidays from Central Basin!
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Nov 05, 2019 at 3:01 PM 1 Comment
  
  Can you imagine a day without water? When we have reliable water services, we often don’t think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to our homes or businesses, but we should. Water supports every facet of our daily lives, but it is facing unprecedented challenges. Increasing population and climate pressures, including natural disasters like drought, flooding, and wildfires, threaten our water security and increase the possibility of a day without water. Millions of Americans take water service for granted every day, but due to an aging infrastructure for water supplies and the pressure of unpredictable environmental stresses, accessible water is not a guarantee. Like many communities of arid Southern California, Los Angeles has an especially precarious relationship with water in the face of drought seasons. Fortunately, due to continued community awareness and government action, residents of the Los Angeles region have affordable access to water that facilitates daily life and activity. For Imagine a Day Without Water 2019, held on October 23rd, consider what your day would be like if you couldn’t run the tap and get clean drinking water or water for bathing or brushing your teeth. What would that day be like? What is the value of water in your daily life? This national day of action is an opportunity to get involved, reflect on why water is important to you and your community, and share your story. On October 23rd, take a moment to celebrate water and voice what water means to you! Share your message by using #ValueWater on social media. For more information on how you can get involved, visit http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Oct 22, 2019 at 9:27 AM
  
September is National Preparedness Month!  September is recognized as National Preparedness Month to remind and encourage communities to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.  It is important to know how to respond and to be prepared, not scared. Purchasing bottled water in advance and having it available for emergencies is essential to you and your family’s survival – remember to include water for your pets, too! The human body needs water to function correctly and a person may only survive 3-4 days without it. Here are a few ways to prepare – Create a family disaster plan. Make sure you have a meeting place and an out-of-state family contact. Know where the first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, and emergency food/water is located. Practice your disaster plan. Teach your family your evacuation plan and practice it as if the emergency were actually occurring. Build a disaster supply kit for your home. Prepare for those with special needs. Make sure you have enough supplies for infants, those who need medications, and medical supplies for senior citizens or those with special needs. Learn CPR and First Aid. Knowing these techniques could save a life. Eliminate hazards in the workplace and home. Make sure all furniture and decorations are properly secured, especially during the shaking of an earthquake or explosion. For more tips on how to be prepared, please visit the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website at caloes.ca.gov.  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Sep 24, 2019 at 9:46 AM
  
Join us for National Night Out! National Night Out is an annual event that encourages community members to build long-lasting relationships with law enforcement. This awareness-raising event takes place every first Tuesday in August. This year, Central Basin will be hosting booths at several cities within its service area on Tuesday, August 6th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Central Basin will be distributing rebate flyers for water conserving appliances and devices, promotional items, and literature on how to reduce your water use. We invite you to join us for a night that will feature food and/or giveaways from local businesses. The police department may host safety demonstrations to raise awareness, offer meet and greets with emergency personnel, conduct seminars to promote drug prevention among youth, and provide information to community members on how to organize neighborhood watch groups to reduce and prevent the amount of crime in their area. National Night Out fosters community ties with one another and law enforcement so that neighborhoods can become safer and more unified against crime efforts. We encourage you to join us in this opportunity to not only to meet the people who protect your community, but to thank them for all that they have done for us. Central Basin will be hosting booths in the cities of Downey, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Montebello, Signal Hill, and Whittier.  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Aug 06, 2019 at 2:31 PM
  
August is Water Quality Month August is all about highlighting the quality of water in our communities - be it the beach, the tap water we use every day, or even the little pond in our parks. Central Basin would like to share some ways to protect the water you have now: When taking care of plants, avoid pesticides or chemical fertilizers, as run-off from irrigation can cause it to penetrate and contaminate groundwater. Stick to products with natural nontoxic ingredients. Pick up after your pets. Pet waste can lead to illnesses and cause a negative impact on water quality. Remember not to litter, plastic and improperly disposed of garbage can find its way into storm drains which carry water to local waterways. Sometimes oceans can be the victims of urban run-off pollution, ranging from chemicals in the water harming marine life to forcing entire beaches to close down due to unsafe conditions. Join a local waterway cleanup such as beaches or rivers. This not only helps to reduce the amount of pollution in the area but this increase awareness of the delicacy of the interconnected bodies of water in nature and at home. For more ideas on how to protect your water, check out drinktap.org  
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Aug 02, 2019 at 9:01 AM
  
  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
  
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