Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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MONROVIA, CA – The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) will host its annual water awareness event, WaterFest, on Saturday, October 12th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arcadia County Park located at 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. WaterFest focuses on educating the public on the importance of water sustainability through environmental stewardship by utilizing interactive exhibits and activities for residents of all ages. For over 10 years, Upper District has hosted this event in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation.

WaterFest has played a pivotal role in educating hundreds of residents about water smart behaviors and improving outdoor conservation practices. As part of the formal awards program, Upper District will honor the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, East County Community Service Agency with the 2019 San Gabriel Valley Water Smart Award. The agency has been instrumental in promoting water conservation through their partnership in hosting WaterFest for the community.

WaterFest will also mark the beginning of Upper District’s 60th Anniversary and will unveil the agency’s commemorative 60th Anniversary logo during the awards program.

“It is fitting that we recognize one of our long-standing partners in water conservation awareness.  The Parks & Recreation staff have played a key role in WaterFest’s success for the past 10 years, not only through the use of their facilities but in promoting water awareness countywide,” said Upper District Board President Ed Chavez. “We are also excited to begin Upper District’s 60th Anniversary at WaterFest. What better way to share the successes of the past 60 years than with our residents.”

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Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) with a 2019 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2018. Upper District received one of 25 WaterSense awards today at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas.

Since 2006, Upper District and more than 2,000 other WaterSense partners have helped consumers save more than 3.4 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply all American households for four months! In addition to water savings, WaterSense labeled products and homes have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 462.5 billion kilowatt hours—which is enough to power more than 44.4 million homes for a year—and save $84.2 billion in water and energy bills.

“Our partners have made water-saving products, homes, and programs accessible across the nation and have educated millions on the importance of water conservation,” said Veronica Blette, Chief, WaterSense Branch. “These WaterSense award winners are leading the fight against water waste to save our most precious resource.”

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MONROVIA, CA – Today the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) honored 20 San Gabriel Valley students who submitted award-winning entries to our annual “Water is Life” art contest.  The art contest helps raise awareness about conservation and educates students about the importance of preserving our most precious resource.

Students are encouraged to express what water means to them and its impact on our lives through artwork. This is the 15th year that Upper District has hosted the “Water is Life” art contest introduced by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). 167 art submissions were received and 33 schools participated this year. Schools within the Upper District boundaries were allowed to participate and submit a maximum of five entries per student category as follows: Kindergarten-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6-8th; and 9th-12th grades.

All eligible art entries were displayed at Upper District’s board room for a week to allow the Board of Directors, staff, and members of the public the opportunity to vote by ballot for their top choices in each student category. The votes determined the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners. Students were awarded certificates of recognition and check prizes at today’s board meeting. They were joined by their family and teachers in celebration for their achievements.

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