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Each year, July is recognized as Smart Irrigation Month by the Irrigation Association. Central Basin celebrates the month-long initiative by raising awareness of the value of water and promoting water-saving products, practices, and services. Did you know that outdoor water use typically reaches its highest demand in the month of July? Have you noticed you or your family using more water than normal? If so, there are rebates available that may help reduce your water use! The following rebates for outdoor appliances are available on SoCalWaterSmart.com: Weather-based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs) Rebates start at $80/controller for less than 1 acre of landscape $35/station for more than 1 acre   Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles Rebates start at $2/nozzle   Rain Barrels & Cisterns Rebates start at $35/per barrel or $250-$350 for a cistern   Soil Moisture Sensor System Rebates start at $80/controller for less than 1 acre of landscape $35/station for more than 1 acre   If you are not interested in rebates at the time, the following tips can also help reduce your water use: Take a break from mowing your lawn. Leaving your grass long (about 2-3 inches) promotes a more drought-resistant lawn, reduced evaporation, and fewer weeds. Replacing plants with drought-tolerant ones will provide a pop of color to your landscape while reducing your water use. Check your sprinkler heads often – according to the Environmental Protection Agency, a single broken sprinkler head can waste up to 25,000 gallons within a six-month period. Put down the hose! Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and patios instead of hosing them off. Use leftover ice to water your lawn or plants. Be sure to water your yard early in the morning when temperatures are cool.   We hope you, too, are celebrating July as “Smart Irrigation Month!” Please feel free to share your smart irrigation tips in the comments.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Jul 28, 2020 at 9:52 AM 1 Comment
Benefits of Turf Removal It’s June and the weather is heating up! What better way to conserve water than removing the turf in your yard? Did you know, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and approximately 30% of that is devoted to outdoor uses? More than half of the water used outdoors is for watering lawns and/or gardens. In addition, many people over-water their lawns too often and for too long, resulting in over-saturating plants. Most lawns need one inch of water per week, which is about 20 minutes, three times per week. Over-watering will cause the roots to drown and they cannot absorb oxygen necessary for a plant to stay healthy. Over-watering will also promote the growth of weeds, cause runoff, and grass will begin to turn yellow.  Not only will artificial turf maintain its beauty year-round, it is also environmentally friendly, conserves water, and saves money. Central Basin is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District that sponsors a program known as Be Water Wise. Be Water Wise offers rebates through its website www.socalwatersmart.com for both residential and commercial properties. One of the rebate programs offered is the Turf Replacement Program. Currently, the program offers $2 per square foot of turf replaced for homes located in Central Basin’s service area.  Not quite ready to remove that lawn?  If so, there are other alternatives. For example, plants can be replaced with California natives, which are drought tolerant. These drought tolerant plants can add texture to your yard and reduce your home’s water consumption by 60%. Once established, native plants can withstand little or no watering even in extreme drought conditions. Central Basin is sharing information about California native plants on its social media channels to promote water utilization and conservation. Interested in learning more about turf replacement and California native plants? Visit www.bewaterwise.com and check out our social media channels below.  Facebook: www.facebook.com/centralbasinmunicipalwater Instagram: @CentralBasin Twitter: @CentralBasin
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Jun 05, 2020 at 1:18 PM
May is Water Awareness Month and Central Basin Municipal Water District (District) encourages you to learn about water conservation and to value the importance of our water resources. Historically, water usage increases in May due to the warmer weather. In addition, more people are found outdoors increasing their water usage. About 70% of water is used outdoors to water lawns, wash cars, and clean driveways and patios. Throughout the month, the District will be utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share tips about how to conserve water and to also spread awareness of the importance and value of water. Ways to avoid wasting water outside as aforementioned include: Replace your lawn with a California-friendly landscape Take your car to a carwash – carwashes use recycled water Instead of using the hose, sweep driveways and patios Additionally, the District, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is also hosting a “Water is Life” Poster Contest for students to showcase the value of water through art. Posters are due on Friday, May 15th. Guidelines can be found on the District website at:  https://centralbasin.org/community/mwd_partnering_programs/water_is_life_poster_contest Don’t forget to follow us on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/CentralBasinMunicipalWater Instagram: @CentralBasin Twitter: @CentralBasin
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On May 13, 2020 at 1:23 PM
  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 1 Comment
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
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