MONROVIA, CA – Today, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) held a ribbon cutting for two recently installed water bottle fill stations at the California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley, located in Duarte, CA. Upper District partnered with California American Water, the local retailer, to install the two units with the goal of reducing plastic bottle waste and promoting the benefits of drinking from our local water supply.
The Water Bottle Fill Station program was approved by the Board of Directors in June of 2018 as part of its overall outreach program. Keeping with the Board’s strategic goal of promoting watershed awareness and conservation outreach, the pilot program will install 10 water fill stations throughout Upper District’s service area at designated schools, libraries, or community centers. This is the first of ten installed, the second unit at this location was installed in partnership with California American Water.
Upper District’s directors Jennifer Santana and Dr. Anthony Fellow were joined by Mayor Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Councilmember Liz Reilly and Duarte Unified School Boardmember Ceci Carroll for the ribbon cutting. Students, faculty and administration were in attendance.
“I am excited to unveil the first station in my division and hope that the students will embrace the change of using refillable water bottles and inspire positive behavioral changes that promote water conservation” said Director Jennifer Santana. “I also thank California American Water for partnering with us in providing a second water station for the high school. It has been a great collaboration.”
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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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