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City of Los Angeles Partners with West Basin to Double Capacity of Hyperion Water Recycling Efforts

Together with West Basin, the City of Los Angeles announced a pilot program that will improve water quality at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant and increase production of recycled water for the City of Los Angeles and West Basin service areas. The pilot program will test new methods of treating the recycled water sent from the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Playa del Rey to West Basin’s Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in nearby El Segundo.

The partnership joins West Basin, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to almost double the City’s recycling capacity at Hyperion from 40 to 70 million gallons of water per day (MGD) in order to conserve potable water supplies and provide a locally-controlled water source.

In an average year, approximately 80% of Los Angeles’ water needs are filled by imported water. The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant pilot is expected to be completed in 2020 and upon its success achieve full 70 MGD capacity by 2026, helping the City of Los Angeles’ goals to decrease imported water purchases by 50 percent by 2025. Read more about the partnership here: http://www.westbasin.org/west-basin-municipal-water-district-partners-city-los-angeles-double-capacity-water-recycling.


Public Comment Period Continues for Ocean Water Desalination Project Draft Environmental Impact Report

On March 27, the District released a draft environmental impact report (EIR) that examines a potential West Basin Ocean Water Desalination Project that would produce 20 or 60 million gallons per day (MGD) of potable drinking water from the ocean. The report is available online at www.westbasin.org/desal. A public meeting was held April 25, where hundreds of people from the community attended to learn about the project.

A second public meeting for the general public to learn about the report findings and ask questions with the authors of the draft EIR is scheduled on May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Richmond Street Elementary School Auditorium (615 Richmond St., El Segundo, CA 90245). Community members will also be allowed to submit public comment at this time.

The draft EIR public comment period closes on May 25, 2018 at 5 p.m. Comments may submitted at the public meeting, in writing or via e-mail at desaleir@westbasin.org,or delivered to West Basin Municipal Water District Office (17140 S. Avalon Blvd., Carson, CA 90746) before the closing date.


Temporary Recycled Water Shutdown is a Success  

After more than a year of planning, West Basin completed the Hyperion Pump Station Reliability Project’s seven-day shutdown. The purpose of the shutdown was to install a wye section in a five foot diameter force main with the purpose of eventually tying in an expanded pump station currently being built at the nearby Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. West Basin staff took advantage of the opportunity to complete several capital improvement projects, inspections and preventative maintenance activities across all of its recycled water facilities. The shutdown began on February 25 and was completed three days early, thanks to staff’s planning and management.

West Basin sources secondary effluent water for its water recycling program from the neighboring City of Los Angeles’ Hyperion facility.  By expanding the pump station and installing a back-up generator at the Hyperion plant, West Basin will have the capacity to increase recycled water production capacity to 70 million gallons per day (MGD) as downstream demand continues to grow.


West Basin and Northrop Grumman Partner to Save up to 16 Million Gallons of Drinking Water per Year

West Basin and Northrop Grumman Corp. announced on Feb. 16 the beginning of a pilot project that will use recycled water for three cooling towers located on the company’s Redondo Beach facility. By using West Basin’s locally-produced recycled water, Northrop is initially projected to save up to 16 million gallons of drinking water per year.

West Basin is the only agency in the world with the ability to provide five different types of custom-made recycled water that have undergone various advanced treatment processes to meet the specific needs of public, commercial, and industrial users. The West Basin Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility in El Segundo provides 40 million gallons of recycled water each day to more than 200 sites throughout its 185-square mile service area.  In addition to providing a reliable, drought-tolerant water supply, the District’s recycled water customers can save an average of 20-30 percent off their water bill for irrigation, cooling or industrial water use.


Thousands of District Residents Receive Free Rain Barrels ­­

West Basin’s popular free rain barrel program has provided residents with more than 1,600 rain barrels in 2018, with the final event scheduled on May 19 in Inglewood. Rain barrels allow residents to collect and use rainwater in their gardens, promoting water efficiency and reducing water flowing into storm drains and waterways.

West Basin’s rain barrel program also provides local non-profit groups the chance to raise funds by helping to distribute the rain barrels. Volunteer organizations earn $5 per rain barrel to donate towards important local causes. Volunteer organizations that have benefitted from the program include: Backpacks for Kids, Culver City; the Abe Thomas United Community Organization, Carson; Dominguez Area Property Owners Association, Long Beach; Lawndale High School; Lomita Sister Cities Association; Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach; PV Jobs, Playa Vista; and One for All, Inglewood.  

To RSVP for the final rain barrel event, visit www.westbasin.org/rainbarrels.