Selecting Drought Tolerant Plants

No doubt, California is in a drought. Recent rain and snow storms are welcomed, but the state’s water supply conditions are still challenging. Read More

Using 20% Less Water

After experiencing two consecutive dry years in 2012 and 2013, California now has entered 2014 in a drought. However, unlike historical drought conditions, this year the state is under severe conditions. Read More

Stretching the Colorado River

The life of Colorado River has been stretched to its fullest with challenges responding to drought conditions and developments with restoration efforts of the Salton Sea. However, successful historic and collaborated efforts were accomplished between the U.S. Read More

Outdoor Landscapes Made Beautiful Without Grass

Experience the beauty of gardening with California native plants. There are several options to choose from that include vibrant succulent plants, attractive groundcover and blooming flowering natives. Additional features could also include synthetic turf or permeable hardscapes as a walking pathway. Read More

Overview of Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget

Earlier this month, Governor Brown released his projected budget for fiscal year 2014-15.  The budget reflects an improved economic climate in the State of California. A balance of $4.2 billion from 2013-14, along with revenues of $104.5 billion in 2014-15 is assumed. Read More

Making Water Education Fun!

Central Basin continues its after school program for students to participate in Think Water! It’s Magic  - exclusively for elementary students. For several years, this program has educated students about our limited water availability and how important it is to conserve water. Read More

Water Agencies to Host First Central MWD Caucus of 2014

The Central MWD Caucus begins its first meeting of 2014 with a look at the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). Richard Atwater, Executive Director of the Southern California Water Committee will be joining us as a keynote speaker to provide an update on recent developments of this long-term plan for California. Read More

Another Dry Year For California

Dry conditions are persisting throughout the state and continuing to develop from severe to extreme stages. With snowpack at very low levels, the state is positioned to face its third consecutive dry year. Read More

New Rebate Incentives Now Available

Conserving water continues to be increasingly important for Southern Californian’s - and now there are plenty of rebate resources available. As a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District, Central Basin Municipal Water District offers a wide variety of rebate programs for both residents and businesses. Read More

Bay Delta Conservation Plan: Environmental Documents Released

The environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are out!  Earlier this week, a draft Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Impact Statement were made available for public review and comment starting now through April 2014.  With seven years in the making, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) has developed as a result of scientific research and input from stakeholders and public agencies across the state. Read More

Recycled Water: A Viable Alternative

Central Basin’s newest recycled water connection is at Smith Park in Pico Rivera.  Use of recycled water for irrigation, commercial and industrial purposes is 100% water conserved! Read More

EPA Releases Study on the Importance of Water to U.S. Economy

Earlier this month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a report titled The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy. The report examines water’s value as an economic resource and how to manage water as one of our nation’s precious natural resources. Read More

A Path Towards Sustainability

A topic in this week’s water news from the Association of California Water Agencies includes a release of a Draft Action Plan for Water. Read More

Preparing for Drought Response

The Department of Water Resources is holding workshops throughout the state urging preparation for the possibility of a third consecutive dry year in 2014 that are designed to provide updates on drought planning, response and mitigation measures. Read More

Benefits of Backyard Composting

There are many ways to reduce the amount of trash that is hauled away to our landfills. Recycling is one simple method and backyard composting can be just as easy!  Central Basin, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works offers free gardening workshops throughout our service area. Read More

2014 Water Bond Proposed Ammendments

Democrats in both the Senate and Assembly have progressed on separate tracks to rewrite the $11.14 billion water bond that is currently on the November 2014 ballot. Assembly member Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) introduced legislation under AB 1331 for a $6.5 billion water bond. Assembly members are looking to advance the bond in five areas that include: Read More

The Clean Drinking Water & Climate Change Response Act of 2014

In August, the Assembly Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife held an informational hearing towards developing an updated water bond. The Clean Drinking Water & Climate Change Response Act of 2014 would be intended towards strengthening the state’s water infrastructure needs. Discussions were centered on an $11 billion bond, which is considered pricey and not likely to win voter approval. Read More

Securing Future Water Supplies

During the August Central MWD Caucus, stakeholders throughout our region received information on the topic of Direct Potable Reuse (DPR). With a visit from Jeff Mosher, Executive Director of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI), information was shared on their agency’s extensive research towards maximizing the use of recycled water with the use of DPR. Read More

Transforming Thirsty Lawns to Blooming Landscapes

Summertime is an ideal time to spend outdoors and there are many ways for your landscapes to beat the heat too. Did you know that more than 50% of home water use goes outside to irrigate grass and landscapes? Native plants use little water and can do well under warm temperatures. Read More

Colorado River Water Supplies Have Gloom Outlook

Participants that attended the August Central MWD Caucus were briefed on imminent water shortages our region is facing, particularly from the Colorado River. Read More