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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Metropolitan Water District is making it easier for Southern Californians to ditch their lawns and get up to $10,000 in rebates with new, engaging videos featuring step-by-step guides to removing grass and laying the groundwork for beautiful and more sustainable yards.
The animated videos, four to six minutes each, outline three ways to remove lawns – solarization, sheet mulching and sod removal. Residents can choose a method based on their grass type and the length of time and tools needed to perform the work. Many lawns can be removed by fall, the optimal season to plant a California native garden.
The videos are the latest resources in a suite of tools available at bewaterwise.com to help residents and businesses in Metropolitan’s 5,200-square-mile service area tap into its $2-per-square-foot turf replacement rebate. The content in the lawn removal videos also is available in easy-to-follow and print PDF format.
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