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October 2010
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West Basin Achieving 20 x 2020 Water Savings with Help from Federal Grants

West Basin Municipal Water District recently received two grants from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation – one for $100,000 to support workshops, planning, setting baselines, targets and implementing customer Conservation Master Plans to achieve 20 x 2020 goals and the other for $296,250 to replace more than 1,300 water wasting toilets with high-efficiency toilets.

To achieve maximum water savings, West Basin is collaborating with its eight retail agencies to ensure their Conservation Master Plans are consistent with the district’s Conservation Master Plan, while allowing flexibility for local conditions and circumstances.

Toilet retrofits will target high-rise office buildings and hotels, though small businesses may also qualify.

West Basin’s latest Business Conservation Program began in 2007 with support from the California Department of Water Resources, with initial funding for 500 toilets, 500 faucets and 300 urinals. Some buildings in West Basin’s service area have had new urinals and faucets installed, but still need to replace toilets to complete their water-saving retrofit. The Bureau of Reclamation grant will help complete these retrofits-in-progress and support the water-efficiency efforts of additional businesses in West Basin’s service area.

Marriott Hotels are one example. The company has plans to reduce its energy and water consumption by an additional 25 percent per room by 2017. At the Torrance Marriott, all 473 in-room toilets have been replaced as well as those in the lobby, saving 7 million gallons of water each year.

According to Dennis Keefe, the hotel’s director of engineering, “This program has been so successful with Torrance Marriott that we’re hoping to implement the same program with Manhattan Beach Marriott.” Keefe added, “the water savings is helping to achieve Marriott’s ambitious sustainability goals, as well as helping our bottom line, and West Basin has made it easy for us to accomplish our goals.”

Funding for the Torrance Marriott retrofit has also been provided by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Cal Water Service Co. and the Water Replenishment District.

With urinals and faucets installed, the 1960 Grand Ave. office building in El Segundo is another business that now just needs 71 toilets to complete its water-saving retrofit. When finished, the retrofit will help the 1960 Grand building save an estimated 2 million gallons of water each year.

Total water savings to be achieved through West Basin’s Business Conservation Program will be nearly 30 million gallons a year.

Cooperative planning with West Basin’s eight retail water agencies dovetails nicely with Metropolitan’s 20 x 2020 planning. West Basin will host a 20 x 2020 “Tools for Meeting Your Target” workshop on November 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, 1935 S. Hughes Way, El Segundo, in partnership with the Alliance for Water Efficiency. To participate, please RSVP to Kirsten Ream at kirstenr@westbasin.org.

These are just a few of the many water efficiency projects that will help West Basin and Metropolitan reach long-term water reliability goals. Water recycling, ocean-water desalination and water efficiency tools will help West Basin diversify its portfolio and create more local supplies of water, lessening the long-term demand on Metropolitan.

For more information, visit www.westbasin.org.


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