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Posted on June 22, 2021

California’s dry climate and rising temperatures continue to threaten our local hillsides with the likelihood of more wildfires. Historically, the 10 most costly wildfires in U.S. history have all occurred in California — the top two in the last three years. In the San Gabriel Valley, the Bobcat and Ranch2 fires burned thousands of acres of the San Gabriel River Watershed and affected residents along the foothill cities. Since then, it has become a priority of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) to provide pertinent information and resources on how residents can safeguard their homes using the latest “firescaping” methods.

Upper District Directors Anthony Fellow and Jennifer Santana are taking the lead by hosting a “Firescaping the Foothills” townhall for residents living in Arcadia, Azusa, Bradbury, Duarte and Monrovia. Upper District is also pleased to announce that California American Water and the cities of Arcadia, and Monrovia are providing assistance in hosting this townhall. The virtual townhall will include a current update on the water supply conditions of the San Gabriel Valley and California at large as well as a presentation on how residents can protect their property from wildfires.

Posted on June 16, 2021

Though the pandemic kept Southern California students from competing in person, more than 300 students from 16 high schools throughout the region participated in the virtual 2021 Solar Cup, which featured challenges that tested students’ technical, engineering and creative skills.

The competition culminated in a virtual awards ceremony Thursday evening, when students were recognized for first, second and third place honors in each of 10 challenges conducted over the last five months. Among those winning awards in numerous challenges were Lennox Academy in Inglewood, Chino Hills High School, Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, Centennial High School in Corona, Mountain View High School in El Monte, and Downey High School. A full list of winners is available here.

Posted on June 9, 2021

Adel Hagekhalil, a national water and infrastructure leader, will take the helm of the nation’s largest drinking water provider – the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – following a vote Tuesday evening by the agency’s board of directors. The 38-member board approved Hagekhalil’s contract, making him the 14th general manager in the district’s 93-year history.

“Mr. Hagekhalil is a highly respected leader on wastewater and water reuse who will help Metropolitan continue on its path to invest in sustainable water supplies. His commitment to innovation, sustainability and working together, as a united Metropolitan board, will be critical as we face the challenges climate change is bringing to Southern California’s water supplies,” Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said.

Posted on June 4, 2021

Monrovia, CA — The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) is proud to announce the launch of its new conservation program, Water Smart Home! As an EPA WaterSense Partner, Upper District has taken great strides in promoting water efficiency throughout its service area. Through the creation of this new program, the Upper District Board of Directors continue their leadership in offering innovative and accessible conservation programs to their residents.

“Getting conservation items into as many homes as possible will help us achieve greater lifetime water savings in the region,” said Upper District President Ed Chavez. “This program targets our service area’s low-income communities that may need greater assistance and access to these water-saving devices. We encourage our residents to take part in this program.”

Posted on June 1, 2021

Monrovia, CA — Dr. Anthony Fellow, board director for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District), presented Dr. Greg Gero, principal of Plymouth Elementary School, with a $1,000 grant for the school’s water-wise vegetable garden. This grant is one of 22 water-related school projects awarded under the Upper District’s Water Education Grant Program (WEGP).

Every year, WEGP provides funding of up to $1,000 for educators to help implement water projects and programs into their classroom curriculum. Any K-12th grade school within Upper District’s service area is eligible to apply for a grant. Projects must focus on water-related subjects that further students’ understanding of environmental issues, water sustainability, and the vital role water plays within our region and State. This year the Board of Directors awarded over $16,500 to help fund 22 classroom projects throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

Posted on February 9, 2021

Three new directors representing the cities of Fullerton and Santa Ana as well as the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District were seated today on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Fullerton City Councilmember Fred Jung replaces Adan Ortega, who served on the 38-member board for the last year. Santa Ana City Councilmember Thai Viet Phan succeeds Jose Solorio, who was the city’s representative since February 2019. Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board member Dr. Anthony Fellow will replace three-year director Charles Treviño.

“It is my pleasure to welcome my new colleagues to the Metropolitan board,” said board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray. “They bring a breadth of expertise and experience, and diverse ideas that will help us address some of the most pressing challenges we face to Southern California’s water reliability. I look forward to working with them.”

Posted on December 9, 2020

MONROVIA, CA – The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) conducted its first meeting under a new governing board following the oath ceremony for Board Directors Ed Chavez, Charles Treviño, and Katarina Garcia. District Counsel administered the oath of office to the newly elected directors via teleconference. Although the oaths were conducted through Zoom, which has become synonymous with the pandemic, congratulatory remarks and local support remained unchanged. Upper District’s water retailers, agency staff and local elected officials attended the meeting to welcome the incoming board members.

Posted on October 26, 2020

Monrovia, CA —Developing new and innovative ways to engage residents of all ages about the importance of water conservation is a priority for the Board of Directors at the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District). Usually in October, Upper District’s hosts its annual WaterFest for the community, however in light of the stay-at-home orders the Board of Directors is bringing conservation to the residents with a new online conservation program, Conserve-a-palooza.

Conserve-a-palooza is a five-week program where residents within Upper District’s service area have an opportunity to win free water-use efficiency devices by completing a short conservation quiz via social media. The program will begin October 26 and will end the week of November 30. The quiz will be posted on Upper District’s social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – at the beginning of each week.

Posted on October 13, 2020

Gloria D. Gray was unanimously reelected today as chairwoman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. She will begin her second two-year term on Jan. 1, 2021. Gray has represented West Basin Municipal Water District on Metropolitan’s board since 2009 and was first elected by her colleagues as chairwoman in October 2018.

“I have worked hard over the past two years to bring a new voice and spirit of collaboration to our board,” Gray said following her reelection. “We have some far-reaching decisions on the immediate horizon, decisions that will shape Metropolitan for years to come. I am grateful to have the opportunity to lead our board as we find our path forward.”

Posted on October 9, 2020

Monrovia, CA —The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) has been honored with the 2020 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award for its heroic efforts to defeat water waste and promote WaterSense in 2019.

Upper District was honored as a 2020 WaterSense Partner of the Year winner for spreading the water-efficiency message through public education and awareness while transforming the marketplace to include WaterSense labeled products. Upper District’s noteworthy efforts included initiating a collaborative effort to translate some of the WaterSense materials into Mandarin. Upper District also engaged the commercial sector through water-smart landscape equipment retrofits and offering new workshops on finding and fixing leaks for San Gabriel Valley businesses. Financial incentives for WaterSense labeled products in Upper District’s service area included rebates for approximately 400 tank-type toilets, over 200 flush valve toilets, and nearly 400 weather-based irrigation controllers.

Posted on May 13, 2020

MONROVIA, CA – The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) has unveiled a new and improved website to better serve the communities of the San Gabriel Valley and its water retailers. Upper District partnered with Civic Publications, Inc. and Madmen Marketing Consultants to create a modern and user-friendly website with updated content, streamlined navigation, and accessibility.  The Board of Directors proudly unveiled the new site this morning and can be viewed at www.upperdistrict.org.

“We are excited to introduce our redesigned website for our residents and water producers. The website redesign was a goal set during our strategic planning process, and we are pleased to present this new site to our stakeholders.  We are confident that the new site will allow our stakeholders greater accessibility to important information, educational resources, and community updates” said Ed Chavez, President of the Upper District Board of Directors.

Posted on May 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, does not impact the quality and supply of your local tap water. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is transmitted person to person, not through water. Your water is both safe and available by turning on the tap. There is no need to stockpile water bottles, for fear of restricted water supplies. Emergency preparedness encourages a 2-week supply in the case of a major disruption in water sources; however, in this situation emergency water supplies are not a concern.

Posted on March 11, 2020

What’s scarier than a malevolent clown under your bed? More tragic than the story of Romeo and Juliet? More offensive than a comedian with terrible jokes? Wasting water. That is the message of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s new digital and social media campaign “Wasting Water Is…”

As part of Metropolitan’s continued efforts to encourage Southern Californians to use water efficiently, the series of commercials spotlights what happens when three water-wasters get caught in the act and learn how scary, tragic and offensive wasting water really is. The video spoofs are being advertised on YouTube and connected TV devices such as Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku, targeting entertainment, lifestyle and sports shows.

Posted on December 12, 2019

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).

Posted on December 12, 2019

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.

Posted on October 9, 2019

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.

Posted on October 3, 2019

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.

Posted on May 15, 2019

MONROVIA, CA – Today the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) honored 20 San Gabriel Valley students who submitted award-winning entries to our annual “Water is Life” art contest. The art contest helps raise awareness about conservation and educates students about the importance of preserving our most precious resource.

Posted on May 3, 2019

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.

Posted on March 22, 2019

“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.

Posted on March 1, 2019

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.

Posted on February 11, 2019

MONROVIA, CA – The Board of Directors of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) awarded 16 education grants totaling $14,642 to K-12th grade classrooms within the Upper District service area under the 2018/2019 Water Education Grant Program (WEGP).

Historically, Upper District’s Education Grant Program provides funding of up to $1,000 for educators to help implement water projects and programs into their classroom curriculum. Any K-12th grade educator that teaches at a licensed school within Upper District’s boundaries is eligible to apply for a grant. As a qualifying standard, submitted projects must focus on water-related subjects that further students’ understanding of environmental issues, water sustainability, and the vital role water plays within our region and the State of California.