May, 2022
Save Water, Energy, Money and the Environment
LADWP improves water quality with UV light
Bixby Marshland opens to the public for tours
Attention businesses: learn how to get green certified
Last Chance to sign up for West Basin Cash For Kitchens Program

The Cash for Kitchens Program provides free water efficiency devices, educational materials, and appliance rebate information.

This program was developed by West Basin Municipal Water District to provide restaurants and other food service facilities, such as corporate kitchens, hotels, and schools with water efficiency surveys to assist their efforts to save water.

West Basin Hosts Grass Replacement Chat Q&A

The West Basin Chat begins with a brief overview of the grass replacement program, followed by a Q&A session.
LAWDP Uses UV Light to Improve Water Quality

Mayor Eric Garcetti, 12th District Councilmember John Lee, State Water Resources Control Board member Sean Maguire joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to dedicate the newly completed Los Angeles Reservoir Ultraviolet Disinfection Plant (LARUVDP) in the San Fernando Valley.
Bixby is Back: Bixby Marshland Opens to the Public for Tours
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, is located to the northwest of the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the City of Carson.
Earn Prizes by Tracking Your Bike Month Commute
Join Metro during the month of May to celebrate bicycling as a sustainable and healthy way to get to work — or anywhere you need to go. 

Throughout Bike Month, you have a chance to win great prizes when you track your bike commute trips, including gift cards and more.

To qualify for the prize drawing, just log into, set up a profile and then track your bike trips on the calendar. The more you bike to work, the more chances you have to win. 
Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes.
Energy Savings Resources Are Available for Homeowners and Renters

A wide variety of resources and energy efficiency programs are available for homeowners interested in making energy efficiency updates or simply understanding more about how to incorporate energy efficiency into their daily life at home.

Energy Saving Assistance provides no-cost weatherization services to consumers who meet CARE income limits.
Services Provided
The Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA) services provided include:
  • Attic insulation
  • Energy-efficient refrigerators
  • Energy-efficient furnaces
  • Weatherstripping
  • Caulking
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Water heater blankets
  • Door and building envelope repairs which reduce air infiltration
Classrooms Earn Grant Money by Saving Energy Through Kits for Kids Program

The SoCalREN Kits for Kids Program introduces third and fourth-grade students from participating schools to energy efficiency to help their families save money and improve their comfort and safety at home.

Students perform an interactive scavenger hunt to receive energy-efficient items at no cost. Participating households are then asked to install the energy-efficient items in their home.

Each enrolled classroom is eligible to receive a $1,000 grant if 65% if students install the energy-efficient items and provide proof of installation.
Decrease Your Water Footprint with WRD's Drought Tool Kit
Over the decades, LA County residents have made great strides in conserving water.

Although the City of Los Angeles has grown by more than 1 million residents since the 1970s, it still uses about the same amount of water (NRDC).

However, with drought conditions in more than 80% of the state, it's important to continue to find places to save.

Statewide, total urban water use has been falling for years, even prior to the recent droughts. The average daily urban water use fell from 231 gallons per person in 1990 to 180 gallons per person in 2010, and to 146 gallons in 2015 (Public Policy Institute of CA).

When looking more narrowly at average daily residential water use, the averages are down nearly 20%, from 108 gallons per person in 2014 to 86 gallons per person in 2020 (Water Boards).
Torrance Offers Low Income Utility Rates to Seniors, Permanently Disabled

To qualify for the low income senior or low income permanently disabled rates and utility users’ tax exemption, the applicant must:

  • Have a total gross household income no greater than $32,200 for the prior calendar year, and

  • Be a minimum of 62 years of age or permanently disabled

Also, to qualify for the low income refuse rates must use a 64-gallon container for trash removal.
California Green Business Network (CAGBN)
Be a Business That Cares: Get Green Certified

Being a Certified Green Business is the clearest way to show your community and customers that you care about sustainability. It shows them that you are committed to taking action to conserve resources and prevent pollution in both the facility and operations.
Businesses in El Segundo, Torrance, and Hawthorne can join the CAGBN by contacting Martha Segovia: (310) 371-7222 or
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