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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“Locally our Groundwater basin remains at record lows, we need to work together to replenish the basin and use water efficiently.” #OneBasinOneSGV

California had a wet November, a moist December, an absolutely drenched January and February, and so far a fairly watery March. Los Angeles exceeded its average annual rainfall a month ago, less than halfway into the “water year” (which runs from October through the following September). The Sierra snowpack is at more than 150% of average. The state is soaked.

So how come the U.S. Drought Monitor waited until Wednesday to declare California drought free for the first time in seven years? Hasn’t he been paying attention? And who is that guy, anyway?

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San Gabriel Valley Water Company (“San Gabriel”) is excited to announce a new source of water for the City of South El Monte that will further improve the area’s drought resiliency. The Project involves delivering millions of gallons of low cost, sustainable recycled water to 14 sites in the City of South El Monte. The 14 sites include the South El Monte Civic Center, County Library, Senior Center, Community Center, Mary Van Dyke Park, Dean Shively Middle School and adjacent park, New Temple Elementary School and adjacent park along with 5 other nearby sites.

The recycled water will irrigate turf and landscape areas that are currently using over 23 million gallons of precious drinking water – that’s enough water to serve 145 homes each year. Delivery of recycled water supports the City of South El Monte and San Gabriel’s efforts to identify and implement environmentally friendly programs for the benefit of residents and the greater community at a cost which is lower than the cost of drinking water.

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MONROVIA, CA – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) launches the region’s first ever Residential Plant Voucher Program to residents within its service area. Keeping with the District’s core value of providing innovative solutions to water conservation, the goal of the program is to incentivize residents to transform their landscapes with drought-tolerant plants and develop water-efficient gardening practices.

As Upper District enters its 60th year of incorporation, the district continues to lead the region in providing creative and unique programs that encourage the public to make conservation a way of life. The Plant Voucher Program will provide up to $250 dollars worth of water efficient plants to qualifying residents. Garden View Nursery, centrally located within Upper District’s area of service in the City of Irwindale, was selected for its wide selection of native plants and trees.

“We are excited to offer this first-of-its-kind program that we hope will motivate our residents to incorporate more water-efficient practices when gardening. Outdoor water use accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water use every day across the United States. Going drought tolerant doesn’t mean the landscape can’t look vibrant while also saving water,” said President Ed Chavez, Upper District Board of Directors.

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