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October 10, 2016


WATERFEST 2016 TO HONOR THREE LEADERS AS POLICYMAKERS OF THE YEAR – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Hosts Annual WaterFest

MONROVIA, CA – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is partnering with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation to host WaterFest 2016. WaterFest is a community outreach event focused on educating residents on water conservation and environmental stewardship.

Upper District will honor three policymakers who have made a significant impact on water-related policy and legislation. Senator Bob Huff, Senator Carol Liu and Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich will receive the San Gabriel Valley Water Smart Award for their focus on water sustainability and support of water conservation projects.

“Honoring these elected officials is our way of thanking them for leadership and efforts in developing sound water policy for the San Gabriel Valley,” said Upper District Board President Bryan Urias. “WaterFest is the perfect community event and we can’t think of a better time to express our appreciation for these policymakers that have dedicated many years of service to their communities.”

Upper District is also honoring Miller Coors with the San Gabriel Valley Water Smart Business of the Year award. Based in Irwindale, the Miller Coors facility has made significant strides in implementing water conservation best practices, such as turf removal, that will significantly reduce their outdoor landscaping water usage.

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 2016 WaterFest trophy.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 15th from 10am – 2pm at Arcadia County Park, located at 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Arcadia.

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.


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May 20, 2016



MONROVIA, CA – On May 13-15, 2016, roughly 700 students from 38 high school teams across Southern California competed in the 14th Annual Solar Cup™ Competition hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is one of MWD’s twenty-six member agencies that sponsored the participation of three high school teams from the district.  Upper District’s 2016 Solar Cup™ participants included teams from Arcadia High School, Mountain View High School (El Monte), and West Covina High School.  After seven months of preparation, boat building, and hands-on learning about solar energy, engineering, and water conservation, these three teams joined other southland high schools to compete in sprint and endurance races at MWD’s Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County’s Temecula Valley.

“We are very proud of all three teams that competed in this year’s Solar Cup.  They displayed such dedication and sportsmanship throughout the year, and truly represented the San Gabriel Valley in the best of way,” stated Upper District Board President, Bryan Urias, Division 5.

In addition to points earned in the races, teams can earn points from technical inspections, completion of technical reports and creation of a public service message project. These messages focus on water conservation in the form of a 60-second, self-scripted and produced, conservation video or social media campaign under the theme, “Conservation Rain or Shine.”

Among Upper District’s sponsored teams, awards were given to:

– Arcadia High School: Public Service Announcement – 1st Place Veteran Region, Foothill

– Mountain View High School: Solar Endurance – 2nd Place Veteran Region, Foothill

– West Covina High School: Hottest-Looking Boat – 1st Place Veteran, Overall

Solar Cup is a school-year-long program in which the participating students build, equip and race a 16-foot long, single-seated canoe, which is powered only by the sun. The Solar Cup program is a team-oriented educational-based competition which allows students to apply their skills learned within the classroom: math, physics, engineering and communications; and implement them in a real world setting by constructing and operating a solar-powered canoe.  The Solar Cup program couples this by teaching the students about Southern California’s water supplies, resource management, conservation and alternative energy development.

Since its start in 2002, more than 10,000 students have participated in Solar Cup, some of whom have gone on to pursue to careers in engineering and environmental sciences.

Additional information, such as final scores, and event photos and video footage from this year’s and past Solar Cup events can be found at www.mwdh2o.com/inthecommunity

Download Press Release: Press Release – 2016 Solar Cup – 5.19.16