West Basin Video Highlights 25 Years of Recycled Water Innovation

West Basin Video Highlights 25 Years of Recycled Water Innovation

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 9:44am

A newly released video documents the first quarter century of the West Basin recycled water program. Produced by documentary filmmaker Jim Thebaut's The Chronicles Group, the 10-minute piece is a must-watch for anyone interested in exploring the beginnings of recycled water as a highly reliable and valuable source of water in coastal Los Angeles County.

Since it began producing recycled water in 1995, West Basin has cemented its status as one of the nation's leaders and innovators in recycled water. With four state-of-the-art recycled water treatment facilities, including the flagship Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECLWRF) in El Segundo, West Basin has produced more than 225 billion gallons of recycled water in the last 25 years. 

The video, A Legacy of Innovation: Spotlight on West Basin Municipal Water District Water Recycling, includes interviews with numerous elected officials and other water industry leaders, including West Basin board members, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) General Manager Jeff Kightlinger, and West Basin General Manager Patrick Sheilds. 

"Recycled water is a huge benefit to the community," said Gloria D. Gray, President of the West Basin Board of Directors and Chairwoman of the Metropolitan Board of Directors. "We're here to continue producing recycled water because water is too important...water is life."

The collaboration with The Chronicles Group, whose work includes “California’s Watershed,” “Beyond the Brink: A Matter of National Security,” and “Running Dry,” captures highlights from West Basin’s grand re-opening ceremony of the ECLWRF Water Education Center in 2019, after a multi-year renovation. 

The full-length video is available on the West Basin multi-media gallery page, as well as the District's YouTube channel.

More information about the West Basin recycled water program, including capital projects, and the recycled water process, is available at www.westbasin.org/recycled-water-program.