Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
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602 E. Huntington Drive, Suite B., Monrovia, CA, 91016 | (626) 443-2297


On May 31, 2018, Governor Brown signed two bills which build on the ongoing efforts to “make water conservation a California way of life.” SB 606 (Hertzberg) and AB 1668 (Friedman) reflect the dedicated work of many water suppliers, environmental organizations, and members
of the Legislature.

SB 606 and AB 1668 emphasize efficiency and stretching existing water supplies in our cities and on farms. Efficient water use is the most cost-effective way to achieve long term conservation goals, as well provide the water supply reliability needed to adapt to the longer and more intense droughts climate change is causing in California.

Sacramento Bee Article: “Myth about huge California fines for shower and laundry usage won’t die. Here’s what’s true” 

California Water Boards: Download Fact Sheet

Department of Water Resources: Download Fact Sheet 

Click here for the Upper District’s 60th Anniversary Newsletter 

November 2019: Where Does Our Local Water Supply Come From?

January 2020: Moments in History 

“Why A Municipal Water District Should be Formed for the Upper San Gabriel Valley” – White paper published and distributed by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Association urging voters to sign the petition to create a municipal water district. August 1958


Petition circulated to place a measure on the ballot for the December 8, 1959 special election in the San Gabriel Valley. This measure asked voters if they favored the creation of a municipal water district. 1959 


Newspaper articles published urging voters to vote in favor of creating Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District for imported water. December 4, 1959


Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors certified the results of the December 8, 1959 election and ordered the formation of the municipal water district. With overwhelming support, 83% of the voters were in favor of creating the district. Certification from the Secretary of State incorporating the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District. Signed and certificated by California Secretary of State Frank M. Jordan. January 7, 1960


Minutes of the first and subsequent Board of Directors meetings in 1960.


The official Oath of Office documents from five board of directors. They were sworn in as representatives of Upper District. The first five directors of Upper District sworn into office are J. Ercel Cleminson, Howard Hawkins, William Foerster, Robert Radford and Frank Vachon. January 11, 1960


Directors prepare for a Board of Directors meeting. From top left, Board Members Howard Hawkins, Travis “Tag” Manning, from bottom left, Alfred Jorgensen, Burton Jones and Conrad Reibold. 1970s


To preserve its history, Upper District invited key people involved in the early days of the District to record their memories on videotape. Gathering for the taping session were, from left, Robert Nicholson Jr., Ralph B. Helm, Jane Bray, Travis “Tag” Manning, Thomas Stetson and Howard Hawkins. 1997 


Groundbreaking of the Whittier Narrows Recycled Water Pump Station. First recycled water project of Upper District in partnership with Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. From left, Robert Nicholson from San Gabriel Valley Water Company, Former Director Ken Manning, Former Supervisor Gloria Molina, Former Director Frank Forbes, Director Anthony Fellow, Commissioner Jayne Harkins from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Director Al Contreras. 2005 


Ribbon cutting of the Whittier Narrows Recycled Water Pump Station, the first recycled water project of Upper District. The Upper District Board of Directors and its partners dedicated the project to Former Board Member Travis “Tag” Manning. October 2006


Dedication plaque to Former Director Travis “Tag” Manning. Whittier Narrows Recycled Water Pump Station, October 2006


Ribbon cutting ceremony of the Rio Hondo College and Mill Elementary School Water Recycling Project. From left, Director Anthony Fellow, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Former Director Ken Manning. May 29, 2003 

MONROVIA, CA – The Board of Directors of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) awarded 19 education grants totaling $13,413 to K-12th grade classrooms as part of the 2019/20 Water Education Grant Program (WEGP).

Through this program, Upper District provides funding of up to $1,000 for water related projects. To qualify for a grant, any licensed school within Upper District’s service area can submit an application for consideration. Projects must focus on subjects that further students’ understanding of water stewardship, water use-efficiency and groundwater sustainability in a unique and meaningful way.

Since inception of this grant program, over 45 schools have been awarded grants and have successfully implemented innovative and creative projects into the science curriculum through hands-on activities. In total, the program has provided 150 grants equaling $130,000 in funding. Among the programs funded are the effectiveness of water filters and water quality studies in their local community.


MONROVIA, CA – Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is proud to announce two San Gabriel Valley student art submissions were selected to be featured in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s 2020 “Water is Life” student art calendar.

“Water is Life” is a student art contest hosted by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California every year. Students from grades K-12 submit artwork through their participating member agencies of Metropolitan. At the end of the year, 36 art pieces from each of the member agencies are selected to be featured in Metropolitan’s annual calendar. The calendar has a significant reach and is distributed to about 11,000 recipients. The goal of the contest is to help raise awareness about conservation and educate students about the importance of preserving our most valuable resource.

Jessica Mayo, 9th Grade, California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley

Bianca Lim, 1st Grade, St. Martha’s Catholic School


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.


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.”


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.


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.