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Diversification of Supply 2000 - Present
2000 - Phase III of the Water Recycling Facility expands capacity of microfiltration and reverse osmosis.
2001 - Construction complete on first lateral of Harbor/South Bay Water Recycling Project, designed to conserve more than 16 billion gallons of water.
2002 - West Basin operates 10-gallon-a-minute ocean-water desalination pilot facility in El Segundo using micro-filtration and reverse osmosis membrane technologies.
Phase III Water Recycling Facility is complete.
2002 – West Basin commissions a pilot ocean-water desalination facility in El Segundo.
2003 - Harbor/South Bay Water Recycling Project launched, successfully completing construction of first two laterals, California State University Dominguez Hills Mainline Extension and Victoria Lateral.
West Basin collaborates with several national water agencies to bring greater attention to desalination efforts through the formation of the U.S. Desalination Coalition.
2003 - Inglewood is first city in California to use recycled water for street sweeping.
2004 - Department of Water Resources awards West Basin $9 million Proposition 13 grant for expansion of its water recycling facilities.
Construction begins on Phase IV Expansion of Water Recycling Facility.
2005 - West Basin’s Water Recycling Facility (WBMWRF) celebrates 10th anniversary and the following achievements:
phases of construction make the WBWRF the largest facility of its type in the nation;
WBWRF is the only water purification facility in the world to produce 5 types of designer waters;
8 billion gallons of water produced annually;
68 miles of pipeline in the future Harbor/South Bay Water Recycling Project;
79 miles of existing recycled water pipeline;
206 recycled water users; and
25,000 children participated in the Plant Protector Water Exploration tours
2006 – West Basin adopts Conservation Master Plan as a guide for regional investments and translates conservation goals into tangible initiatives for residents, businesses and various levels of government.
West Basin and Central Basin become separate entities.
2007 – Construction complete on Phase IV Expansion, increasing recycled water production by 15 million gallons a day.
West Basin celebrates its 60th anniversary and its Board of Directors renames WBWRF the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in honor of Director Little’s 5-term commitment to West Basin, its constituents, and the water industry.
Planning begins on Phase V Expansion of Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility to increase capacity to 25 million gallons a day.
2008 - West Basin Board certifies Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its ocean-water desalination demonstration facility.
2008 – West Basin produces its 100 billionth gallon of recycled water.
2009 – West Basin decommissions its pilot ocean-water desalination facility in El Segundo.
2009 – California Coastal Commission and Regional Water Quality Control Board approve West Basin ocean-water desalination demonstration facility permits, allowing construction to proceed at the SEALab in Redondo Beach.
West Basin completes Phase V Capital Improvement Plan.
West Basin and Water Replenishment District sign agreement to serve 100% purified recycled water to the West Coast Barrier.
2010 – West Basin reaches 350 recycled water customer connections.
2010 – West Basin dedicates its demonstration ocean-water desalination facility and water education center in Redondo Beach.
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