The Current Flow Newsletter Issue 4, 2016

News for customers of
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

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What's In This Issue:

Water Supplies Improve:

LVMWD Can Meet New State Standard with Continued Customer Conservation

In a shift of its drought management policy, the State Water CA Drought MapResources Control Board (SWRCB) has implemented a new three-year drought supply standard or "stress test" for water agencies statewide. LVMWD has certified it can meet the new requirement without adopting additional water conservation measures, provided its customers continue their efficient water-use practices.

The last 10 years have water planners concerned about prolonged drought conditions; last winter’s rain and snow could be just a punctuation mark in a longer drought. Despite near average winter rain in Northern California, 60 percent of the state remains in a severe drought. Groundwater aquifers and southern reservoirs remain in a deep deficit. In response, LVMWD customers must be as efficient as possible in their water use.

#EfficientandResilientIt’s still a good idea to place thirsty lawns on a "water diet" or replace them with attractive water-efficient plants, breaking the "boom or bust" patterns of the past. This is especially critical during the hot summer months, when the potential for water savings is greatest.

A statewide ban remains in place on wasteful uses such as hosing down hardscapes, irrigation runoff and washing cars without a "trigger" nozzle on the hose.

 What's In This Issue

Summer SunSummer Season Water Budgets

Your water budget is a measure of efficient indoor EfficientOutdoorUse-Landscapeand outdoor water use, in and around your home. Your summer outdoor water budgets take the longer days and warmer temperatures into account, resulting in a higher allocation during this time. Be sure to check your water bill to see if you’re staying within your water budget.


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Compost Helps Your Plants

Rancho Las Virgenes Community Compost helps your plants by providing rich soil nutrients, with the added benefit of helping to retain moisture, which means you can water less. It’s perfect for lawns, gardens and shrubs; pick up a free supply any Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Be sure to bring a sealable container, sturdy plastic bags or a tarp to cover the pickup bed. We’ll supply the shovels and the compost!

RLV Community Compost

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

As we enter the highest water-use months of the year, Smart Irrigation Month is a timely initiative to raise awareness of the positive impacts made by efficient irrigation and water use.

Neighbor's Yard

Did you know that irrigation accounts for nearly 70 percent of the water delivered by LVMWD? Southern California is still in an exceptional drought, and with summer in full swing, everyone needs to be extra mindful of their outdoor water use.

Although plants require more water at this time of year, there are several ways you can significantly reduce outdoor water use: 

  • Switch to a drought-tolerant, native landscapeSome LVMWD customers who made the switch have been able to reduce their water use by over 40 percent. See A list of drought-tolerant, native plants is available at
  • Install drip irrigation. Drip irrigation systems deliver water slowly, at low pressure, near the plant’s roots. The main benefit of drip irrigation over sprinklers is that little water is lost to evaporation and runoff.
  • Switch to a weather-based irrigation controller (WBIC). These "smart" controllers automatically adjust for weather changes. As the weather warms up, more watering time is added. Since WBICs irrigate based on the needs of the type of plants you’re watering and the type of soil, they save you from over-watering your landscape. WBIC rebates are available through
  • Inspect your sprinkler heads. Look for broken or leaking sprinkler heads, overspray on hardscapes, rotors not turning, misting instead of spraying, uneven coverage and spray pattern blocked by plant material, clogged nozzles or emitters.

What's In This Issue


What's in My Drinking Water?

Drinking Water

The water quality report for 2015 has been mailed to all customers. In compliance with federal and state laws, every year, LVMWD publishes a water quality report with detailed information on the water delivered to your home. You can read the mailed report or view it here and learn where your drinking water comes from, substances detected in the water, and other interesting facts. Tap water is one of the most thoroughly tested and monitored products you consume. It’s screened for over 120 contaminants before and after it’s treated. You’ll be pleased to learn that once again LVMWD’s drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water quality standards.

Read this year's report.

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Stay Connected with e-Notification


Not knowing the latest news can make you feel out of the loop, right? Wouldn’t it be great if timely water news came straight to your e-mail inbox? Well, it can!

By signing up for LVMWD’s e-notification service, you can customize the news you receive by e-mail. With over 20 topics to choose from, including LVMWD’s popular garden classes, drought and watershed updates, service outage notifications, and upcoming facility tour information, you can be sure of having the latest water-related news items that are important to you.eMail

Plus, in an effort to be more environmentally-friendly, LVMWD will be transitioning to an e-mailed version of The Current Flow newsletter. To receive your electronic copy of The Current Flow and other water-related news, go to and just fill out the form. And remember, LVMWD does not sell or release your e-mail address to outside parties.

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Upcoming LVMWD Facility Tours

It’s fun and informative to see where your drinking water comes from, how LVMWD recycles wastewater, and learn about hot topics in the water and wastewater industries. You’ll get all of this and more during one of LVMWD’s FREE quarterly tours.

Tours are offered on select Saturdays throughout the year. Each tour begins at 8:45 a.m. and lasts until about 1 p.m. Moderate walking and stairs are to be expected. Children must be 10 or older and accompanied by a responsible adult. A light breakfast and lunch are provided.Quarterly Tour

The next wastewater treatment, recycling and Malibu Creek Watershed tour is scheduled for August 6, and the next drinking water system tour, which includes a stop at the scenic Las Virgenes Reservoir in Westlake Village, is scheduled for November 5.

Click here to read more and to register.

If you’d like to schedule a school or other student group tour for children 10 years of age and older, contact Tiffany Wright at
(818) 251-2143 or via e-mail at

 What's In This Issue

Check out Your Neighbor's Yard!  

See some of the exciting new water-efficient landscape designs on our website! Take a look at Your-Neighbors-Yard.

Neighbor's YardThese customers went from grassy, water-guzzling lawns to drought-tolerant, native landscapes that have helped drastically reduced their water use—some by more than 40 percent! Making the switch is also a great way to ensure you stay within your water budget and avoid penalties.Neighbor's Yard

While we live in a region that receives very little rain, switching to water-efficient landscape doesn’t mean you need a multitude of rocks and cacti around your home. There are plenty of colorful, leafy alternatives, including Blue-Eyed Grass, Common Sage, Desert Marigold, and Spanish Lavender. For more low-water-use garden ideas read the California-Friendly Plant Guide .

And, if you’d like your water-efficient yard featured on our website, just follow the instructions at the bottom of Your Neighbor's Yard.

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At Your Service
Recycled Water Fill StationAtYourService-RWFS

As a drought response measure, the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority offers FREE recycled water for pick-up by LVMWD customers. Recycled water can be used to maintain trees, lawn areas, decorative plants and vegetable gardens.

The Recycled Water Fill Station is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., at our Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility (3700 Las Virgenes Rd). First-time participants must attend a brief, one-time training class, which takes place the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

Click for more details.

 What's In This Issue

The Missing PieceThe Missing Piece

What is an effective way to reduce outdoor water use?
a. Switch to a native landscape
b. Water your lawn during the hottest time of the day 
c. Install a drip irrigation system
d. Both a and c

Send your response to:

The Missing Piece, LVMWD, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302, or send to with "Missing Piece" in the subject line. Please include your mailing address in case you are a winner! Prizes awarded monthly to ten winners randomly selected from the correct responses. Watch for the answer in the next issue of The Current Flow.

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Previous issue’s Missing Piece answer:

During the winder of 2015-16, Southern California received:

a. Twice the normal average rainfall
b. Rainfall the was about average
c. About half the normal rainfall amount
d. About one inch of rain

Answer: c

4232 Las Virgenes Road,  Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 251-2100

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