October 2019
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
5th Annual WRD Student Art Contest

WATER IS LIFE! The Water Replenishment District needs your creativity to spread the word on water in our 2020 student art calendar. Students in grades K-6 from the WRD service area are eligible to enter this year's contest.

Topic options include:
  1. Groundwater: The Treasure Beneath Our Feet
  2. Water Nerds are Water Heroes
  3. Save Water: Every Drop Counts

The deadline for kindergarten through sixth grade students to submit their artwork is November 10th, 2019. The selected winners who submitted online will be asked to send their original artwork to WRD by November 24th.

Students may submit their completed artwork and Parental Approval Form (PAF):
  • Online at www.wrd.org/StudentArtContest (send picture of artwork and PAF)
  • By mail to Jenn Swart at 4040 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712 (send original artwork & PAF)
Visit Bixby Marshland

Did you know that, in addition to operating wastewater and solid waste facilities, the Sanitation Districts own and maintain a marshland? Yes, it’s true! The Bixby Marshland, a 17-acre marsh, located to the northwest of the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the City of Carson, has recently been restored by the Sanitation Districts.
Charge Up, Crenshaw!
Los Angeles residents now have greater access to electric vehicle (EV) charging, thanks to expanded weekend hours and the increased number of fast chargers at the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power’s (LADWP) Crenshaw Customer Service Center parking lot. Located at the northeast corner of Crenshaw Blvd. and West Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., the chargers are available at no cost to motorists and represent a valuable community resource.
Help Conserve Water with a FREE Rain Barrel

Register today for a a FREE eco-friendly recycled rain barrel from West Basin at one of the upcoming distribution events for District residents.

Must be a resident in West Basin's service area to participate.

Register for any of the upcoming Saturday events scheduled below:

Events to be scheduled in Inglewood and Gardena in 2020 as well.
Help Conserve Water with a FREE Rain Barrel
Register today for a a FREE eco-friendly recycled rain barrel from City of Torrance at their upcoming distribution event:

Must be a Torrance resident to participate.
In Recognition of Energy Efficiency Day, SoCalGas Shares Tips to Save Energy & Money
Energy Efficiency Day was on October 2, and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) reminds customers that taking a few simple steps can help conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save money on utility bills. SoCalGas energy efficiency programs delivered more than 180 million therms in energy savings for their customers over the past five years, enough natural gas usage for 403,000 households a year. These advances have also helped save SoCalGas customers more than $198 million in utility bill costs. In 2018 alone, SoCalGas' energy efficiency programs saved customers $57 million.
INFOGRAPHIC: Everyday Actions You Can Take for Clean Air
Which of the following reduces air pollution?
  1. Car pool or use public transit
  2. Avoid idling your car's combustion engine
  3. Switch from a "gass guzzler" to an electric vehicle
  4. "Take the Pledge" to participate in future California Clean Air Days
  5. All of the above

High-five if you answered (5)!
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. Click on date(s) below for more information about the next event taking place in the South Bay:

Coming Soon...the A Line - & a Primer on Metro Line Letters
It has been awhile since Metro has talked about line letters for their rail and bus rapid transit lines, which is always a favorite subject of readers! With the letters issue in the news a bit these days, Metro would like to offer a brief refresher on where things stand.

The Metro Board of Directors approved a new Line Letters naming system in November of 2018. The reasons they are moving toward line letters are threefold...

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
South Bay in the News
Carson's E-Waste, Paper Shredding, & Oil Collection Event: October 19th

Carson residents are invited to recycle their old electronics, shred paper documents, and safely dispose of used motor oil and oil filters at this event hosted at City Hall's parking lot.
An Interesting Read
California Water Czar Seeks Resource Collaboration, Not Combat

For E. Joaquin Esquivel, California has made great strides in fighting climate change and transitioning to a cleaner energy sector. Now, he said, it’s water’s turn. “Water, I think, is ready for that moment,” said Esquivel, the chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board who took over from longtime chair Felicia Marcus in February.
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
Interested in becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
Where Does Your City Rank
in the SCE Energy Leader Partnership Program?

Platinum Tier: 20% Energy Reduction
Carson, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes,
Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance

Gold Tier: 10% Energy Reduction
El Segundo, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills