West Basin Celebrates 20 Years of Water Recycling

Oct. 15, 2015
The annual Water Harvest Festival on Oct. 24 will include tours, games, rides, food and water education activities

West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) will present its annual Water Harvest Festival on Oct. 24, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its water recycling facility in El Segundo, Calif. The free event will feature more than 30 educational booths which will provide activities and games, such as face painting and a rock climbing wall, along with a kid’s costume contest, stage shows, pony rides, a reptile petting zoo and a chance to enter into a grand prize giveaway.

Water-themed stage shows will be presented throughout the day by the Discovery Science Center. The interactive game shows will emphasize the importance of water conservation, demonstrate what it means to be in a drought, and teach the audience ways to reuse water in and around their homes.

West Basin will be hosting tours of its water recycling facility every 15 minutes throughout the event where visitors can get an inside look at the process of converting wastewater into five different usable types of “designer” waters, and even have the opportunity to taste sewer water that has been purified into drinking water quality. Since the facility was first built 20 years ago, it has produced more than 165 billion gal of recycled water, equivalent to the amount of water to meet the needs of the city of Los Angeles for an entire year.

“Especially during this time of exceptional drought, it is important to educate the community about the importance of our precious water supply,” said West Basin Board President Gloria D. Gray. “Water Harvest is a unique and fun way for residents to learn how West Basin and its partners are continuing to work together to ensure that we provide a safe and reliable supply of water for our communities.”

Event sponsors include California Water Service Co., SUEZ, Golden State Water Co., SVA Architects Inc., Water Replenishment District of Southern California, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, AKM Consulting Engineers, Carollo Eng., GeoSyntec Consultants Inc., HDR, Michael Baker Intl., Murakawa Communications, National Water Research Institute, Parsons, Tetra Tech, The Louis Berger Group, AEGIS Engineering Management, ARCADIS US Inc. C&S Sales, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, Lee & Ro Inc., RMC Water and Environment, SPI Eng., The Solis Group, Vali Cooper & Associates and Trussel Technologies Inc.

Source: West Basin Municipal Water District