The Current Flow Newsletter Issue 5, 2016

News for customers of
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

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What's In This Issue:

What is the "California WaterFix"?

For decades, California’s water managers have tried to solve the problem of reliably transferring water from north to south through the complex Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that empties into San Francisco Bay.

California Water FixWater from the Sierras enters the Delta from the north near Sacramento and must wind its way past islands and sloughs to the pumps at the south end near Tracy, where it is then lifted into the aqueduct. In between are a number of challenges, like endangered species, fragile levees, the threat of a rising sea level that brings salt water into the water’s pathway and storms or earthquakes that could breach levees bringing an inrush of seawater to flood farmlands that are below sea level.

The California WaterFix would route high quality water to the aqueduct’s pumps by using underground tunnels to avoid these challenges. It will preserve adequate flows through the Delta, maintaining local aquatic species, agriculture and municipal uses.

The tunnels are designed to provide no more than the current pumping capacity for the aqueduct and would allow the aqueduct system to take advantage of higher flows during storm events, which were lost to the ocean last winter because of environmental restrictions on pumping.

The cost to build the conveyance system is estimated at $15 billion, with system users paying for the project using long-term bonds.  Water Delivery Upgrade

To learn more about the California WaterFix, go to

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LVMWD Board Votes to Oppose Proposition 53

At their August 9th meeting, the LVMWD Board of Directors passed a resolution expressing opposition to Proposition 53, "The California Public Vote on Bonds Initiative," which will appear on the November 8 ballot. Information on Proposition 53 can be found at:

The initiative would require statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for projects that are financed, owned, operated or managed by the state or any joint agency created by or including the state, if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion. 

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Could You Go a Day Without Water?

What if you had to go a day without safe, reliable drinking water service? A day without water means no water comes from your tap to brush your teeth or to make your coffee. When you flush the toilet, nothing happens. It means firefighters have no water, and doctors couldn’t wash their hands before operating on patients.

Water infrastructure is largely invisible, so most people don’t even think about it until something fails; and when it does, it can be irritating or even catastrophic.

Reliable water service doesn’t depend solely on pipes; it takes people, electricity, treatment plants, pumps and other equipment working 24/7 to deliver clean, safe drinking water to your home and to treat the wastewater that’s reused in our community.

Innovation and greater efficiency are driving the water sector, allowing us to build modern, energy efficient, and environmentally advanced systems that will sustain our community for generations to come. Building and maintaining reliable and efficient water and wastewater systems is at the core of what we do, with the goal that customers never have to go a day without water.

Join us in spreading the word:

Imagine a Day Without Water


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Are You Being Efficient?

Does your water bill say "Congratulations for being efficient in your water use"? If it does, great job!

Being Efficient


If you see a different message, you’ve exceeded your water budget. Water budgets change monthly. Go to to estimate your next month’s water budget.

Save water and save money by getting back into the "efficient" category:

  • Check your bill to be sure the number of residents listed for your home is correct. This will affect your indoor water budget and what you pay for sewer service.
  • Make sure the "landscaped area" number shown on the bill is accurate. This will affect your outdoor water budget. The landscaped area should include the square footage of a swimming pool but not hardscapes and other non-irrigated areas. If you irrigate a city-owned parkway, its area should be included. If there are errors with either of these first two items, call Customer Service to have them updated.
  • Look at the settings on your automatic irrigation controller. Many controllers have default runtime settings which may be more than what you need.
  • Watch how your irrigation system performs during a cycle. Make sure there are no broken or poorly aimed sprinkler heads. There shouldn’t be any runoff from your property.

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October is "Shower Better" Month

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use. You can "shower better" by replacing your old showerhead with a new water-efficient, WaterSense-labeled model.

WaterSense-labeled showerheads are available in several styles and price points. By replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model, EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water every year. Therefore, if every U.S. household replaced existing showerheads with WaterSense-labeled models, we could save more than 260 billion gallons annually!5-Minute Shower

You can also save water by limiting your shower time to five minutes or less. Tune into the Water Lover’s Station on Pandora for a playlist of over 100 songs, each under five minutes:  Once your favorite song is over, so is your shower!

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Calling All Students!

Calling All Students!

Now that school is back in session, we’re inviting teachers of grades 5 and above to take their classes on a field trip to our water recycling and composting facilities. Students will learn where their drinking water comes from, how it’s delivered to their tap, conservation tips, and what happens to their wastewater once it disappears down the drain.

Our tours can be tailored to fit lesson plans and include elements of science, social studies and community issues.

The tours are offered at NO COST to schools within the LVMWD service area.

For additional information or to schedule a tour, contact Tiffany Wright at (818) 251-2143 or Homeschools, Girl/Boy Scouts and other student groups welcome.

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At Your Service
Recycled Water Fill StationAtYourService-Recycled Water Fill Station

Want to help your thirsty trees and shrubs?

Each Saturday, FREE recycled water is available to LVMWD customers at the Rancho Las Virgenes (RLV) Composting Facility. A brief registration class is held at RLV on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

More details at RecycledWaterFillStation.

 What's In This Issue

The Missing PieceThe Missing Piece

The proposal to move a reliable water supply through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is known as:  

a. The Big Dig
b. The Death Valley Peripheral Canal
c. The Bay Delta Diversion
d. The California WaterFix

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:

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

Answer: d

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

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