Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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602 E. Huntington Drive, Suite B., Monrovia, CA, 91016 | (626) 443-2297

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Upper District Hosts Annual Family Festival, Honors Water Smart School Districts in the San Gabriel Valley

MONROVIA, CA – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is ready to celebrate water conservation on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Waterfest 2017 at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Park! Upper District is hosting its annual Waterfest 2017 in partnership with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. WaterFest is a community outreach event focused on educating residents on water conservation and environmental stewardship.

This year, Upper District will honor five school districts from within our service territory with the San Gabriel Valley Water Smart award. Monrovia Unified School District, Bassett Unified School District, El Monte Union High School District, West Covina Unified School District and San Gabriel Unified School District have achieved significant reductions in their water usage through their participation in Upper District’s Large Landscape Survey & Retrofit program. Upper District is proud to present this award and honor local legislators, cities, businesses and school districts from the San Gabriel Valley who are leading examples in water conservation.

“Honoring these school districts is our way of thanking them for their environmental stewardship and reducing their water footprint by retrofitting their large turf areas,” said Upper District Board President Ed Chavez. “WaterFest is the perfect community event to honor these San Gabriel Valley school districts who have headed the call to become more water efficient.”

Over 50 exhibitor booths focused on water sustainability and environmental stewardship will be set up to educate and entertain residents of all ages. There will be food trucks, raffle prizes, activities and giveaways. Waterfest will also have cheer competition for the LA County Parks and Recreation Department’s cheerleading teams. Over 500 cheerleaders will participate and each team will have one minute to perform a water conservation-themed cheer. The top three teams will receive a 2017 WaterFest trophy.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10am – 2pm at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Park, located at 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale.

September 18, 2017

The Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant in Carson currently treats and cleans wastewater from homes and businesses. Under the Regional Recycled Water Program, Metropolitan would purify the treated wastewater through various advanced processes to produce a safe, high-quality water source to replenish groundwater basins in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
The program will begin with a 500,000-gallon-per-day demonstration facility that will generate information needed for the potential future construction of a full-scale recycled water plant.
RRWP Groundbreaking Advisory FINAL 091417


July 24, 2017                      



WHAT: The Watershed Restoration Program, hosted by the Upper San Gabriel Valley MWD and in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, helps to reduce the negative impacts of fire, invasive species and cultivate a healthy watershed. Volunteer efforts play a vital role in the survival and prosperity of regional watersheds and open space. The program works toward restoring and preserving the watershed in the San Gabriel Mountains, which directly impacts the local groundwater supply.

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

WHERE: Volunteers will meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center on Highway 39 (across from the Rincon Fire Station).

PARTICIPANTS: Residents and community members of all ages are invited to help with watershed restoration efforts. Students are eligible to earn community service hours for their participation. Adult supervision of children is required. Participants should plan to wear sturdy non-skid closed-toe shoes, drinking water, and snack. Outdoor work/garden gloves are also suggested. Participants must provide their own transportation for the duration of the event. Dropping off or leaving participants without transportation during the event is not permitted.


Elena Layugan, cell: (909) 921-5815

David Orozco, USDA Forest Service, (626) 335-1251

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 Upper District’s mission is to provide a reliable, sustainable, diversified and affordable portfolio of high quality water supplies to the San Gabriel Valley; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water.  Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District’s service area.  For more information about Upper District, please visit our website www.upperdistrict.org or call 626-443-2297.