The West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin), a member of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is the water wholesale agency proudly serving the South Bay region. Working in partnership with the SBCCOG’s South Bay Environmental Service Center (SBESC), it works to ensure water reliability in both wet and dry years, and help the region maintain sustainable communities. To achieve this mission, it is calling on South Bay residents and businesses to do their part by getting “Super-Cali-Frugalistic” and saving water today.
As seen in the news almost daily, California is currently enduring unprecedented drought conditions which require the region to reimagine how it uses water, and to make conservation a way of life.
In response to California’s third consecutive year of historic drought, Governor Newsom has declared a statewide emergency, and in January 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) instituted a statewide prohibition on wasteful uses of water.
As such, all municipalities, residents, and commercial/industrial customers should
remember that the following uses of water are prohibited:
• Washing vehicles using a hose, without automatic shutoff nozzle
• Outdoor watering that leads to excess runoff
• Irrigating ornamental turf on public medians
• Filling decorative fountains, lakes, or ponds that don’t recirculate water
• Washing hardscapes that don’t absorb water
• Street cleaning or construction site prep
• Irrigation within 48 hours after it rains at least one-fourth inch of rainfall
In May 2022, the State Board called for two additional conservation measures:
• Ban on irrigating all non-functional turf (commercial/industrial/institutional
• Limit on the days of the week/hours/duration for irrigating yards
According to the most recent (June) State Board reporting of water use, the average water savings across the West Basin service area is 3%. West Basin and water retailers are calling for a reduction in water use of 20 to 30% for its 17 cities.
“West Basin encourages our communities to keep rising to the challenge,” said West
Basin Manager Gregory Reed. “We are starting to see actual savings as people heed the
call to save water in the face of record-low reservoir levels and water supply challenges.
However, we still have more conserving to do.”
The good news is that across the region people are reducing their outdoor irrigation to
two days per week, at the direction of their water provider, which can make an immediate impact on the region’s water demand.
Also encouraging is that West Basin is seeing a record number of applications for the West Basin grass replacement rebate program. West Basin service area participants can
receive a rebate of $3 to $5 for every square foot of grass removed and replaced with
drought-tolerant landscaping. In order to receive a rebate, prior to removing any turf an
application must be filed and approved.
There is no better time than now to plan for a water wise landscape transformation.
Together, the South Bay can reduce water demand and make a difference. •
To learn more about available conservation programs and rebates go to