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Consistent with our mission to meet the region’s needs for reliable, high quality, and affordable water, Upper District continues to work with other water agencies to ensure that the San Gabriel Valley has a safe water supply. In light of the growing concern over the presence of emerging contaminants known as PFAS, below are fact sheets, briefing materials and visuals that may be helpful when answering questions about these chemicals.

For additional PFAS resources visit:

American Water Works Association
Metropolitan Water District

Upper District Celebrates its 60th Anniversary!

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is celebrating six decades of innovation, conservation, and good water management. Upper District was formed by the voters on December 8, 1959 to help sustain adequate imported water supplies for the rapidly growing San Gabriel Valley.

Upper District’s Board of Directors held their first meeting on January 7, 1960 in Temple City. For the past 60 years, we have played a vital role in supplementing local water supplies with imported water from the State Water Project and replenishing the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin. Today, Upper District has taken a leadership role in educating the public on their local water supply and the benefits of long-term, sustainable water efficiency practices.

It is with this in mind that Upper District is proud to release our new water supply educational video for public use. We take great pride in the collaborative work that the local water agencies undertake to manage the Main San Gabriel Groundwater Basin. Thanks to several key local, regional and federal agencies in the water community, every time you turn on the faucet you are tapping into a complex water delivery system.

So, where does our water supply come from?

Find out more about your local water supply by diving into this video and becoming #SGVwatersmart!

Stay tuned for more educational videos and 60th Anniversary events by following Upper District’s social media pages: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. #60YearsofH2O

Phillip D. Hawkins was seated today as a member of the Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors.

Hawkins returns to Metropolitan’s 38-member board, where he has represented Central Basin Municipal Water District for four different terms at various times between 2003 and February 2019. Hawkins follows Frank Heldman, who joined the board in March 2019. He will serve on the board’s Audit and Ethics and Finance and Insurance committees.

Hawkins was re-elected to his fifth term on Central Basin’s board in November 2016, representing the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, Paramount and Signal Hill. He chairs the Central Basin Administration & Ethics Committee and actively participates in the Colorado River Water Users Association, the Urban Water Institute and the California Contract Cities Association.

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expanding its effort to learn more about the water supply potential of local stormwater capture with a new $7.5 million pilot program approved today by its board of directors.

By funding construction of new stormwater projects and installation of monitoring equipment on existing ones, the program will gather data on the amount of water produced by projects that capture local rainfall and stormwater runoff and use it to recharge groundwater basins in the region.

“This could mark the beginning of a host of new local supply opportunities for Metropolitan and our member agencies,” board Chairwoman Gloria Gray said. “Metropolitan is always exploring new, better and more efficient ways to maintain reliability for Southern California, so we are excited to find out just how much potential there is for stormwater capture.”

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Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on the release of new federal biological opinions to manage the operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project:

“It is beyond time to update these guidelines from those that were developed over a decade ago. These opinions advance the much-needed approach of managing the Delta based on real-time conditions and real-time monitoring of important fish species. Undoubtedly there are times when fish need greater protections, and pumping must be reduced, in order to protect the species in key migratory moments. There are also times when public water agencies can safely divert supplies when the populations are out of harm’s way. While this creates some uncertainty about our future supplies, it is without question a better approach.

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CARSON—In a major step toward the potential construction of one of the largest water
recycling plants in the nation, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County were joined today by federal, state and local water leaders
to celebrate the start of operations at the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center.
The 500,000-gallon-per-day demonstration facility takes cleaned wastewater from the
Sanitation Districts’ Joint Water Pollution Control Plant and purifies it using an innovative process
that could significantly improve efficiencies and reduce costs in water recycling.

Over the next 15 months, Metropolitan will put this treatment process through rigorous testing
to ensure the process effectively removes impurities and the resulting water meets the highest quality
standards. The testing and other analyses will help the agencies determine whether to grow the
facility to a full-scale plant that could potentially produce up to 150 million gallons of purified water
daily – enough to serve more than 500,000 homes and industrial facilities.

“Today marks a key step in Metropolitan’s endeavor to directly develop a drought-proof local
water supply for millions of Southern Californians,” said Metropolitan Board Chairwoman Gloria D.
Gray. “Over the last two decades, Metropolitan has steadily diversified the region’s water supply
portfolio and prepared for a changing climate by investing in conservation and local supply projects.
Metropolitan is now scaling that commitment up to a higher level.”

Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, State Water Resources Control Board Chairman Joaquin
Esquivel and Los Angeles Regional Board Chairwoman Irma Muñoz joined Metropolitan and the
Sanitation Districts in celebrating the launch of operations.

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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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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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LAKE SKINNER, Calif.— After a rain-filled final day of racing, Metropolitan Water District’s 17th annual Solar Cup concluded today with students from Cypress-based Oxford Academy and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village claiming the top awards.

The schools were among 40 teams representing five counties within Metropolitan’s 5,200 square-mile service area, including campuses in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Solar Cup is the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition in which students build, equip and race 16-foot, single-seat boats powered only by the sun.

“It’s a pretty spectacular experience to see the students out on the lake working together to solve problems in real time,” said Metropolitan External Affairs Group Manager Sue Sims. “There’s really nothing like this program out there that allows high school students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering, while also teaching them the value of California’s natural resources. Congratulations to all of our teams.”

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