The Current Flow Newsletter Issue 6, 2016

News for customers of
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

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Winter is "Water Saving Time"

You may notice your monthly water budget is lower than it was in the summer months.

The reason is, landscapes do not require as much water when the days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and the weather is (hopefully) wetter.

Take advantage of this seasonal change by reducing or eliminating outdoor water use. Because the days are shorter, reducing the days you water is appropriate. In fact, many plants go dormant in the winter months and evaporation from swimming pools is much less. By cutting back, you’ll save water and reduce your water bill.

To get an estimate of your next water budget, go to the Water-Budget-Calculator.

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Potable and Recycled Water Rates Change January 1

This is a reminder that LVMWD’s rate structure will change on January 1. Water rates will increase as shown on the five-year rate schedule adopted in 2015, Rate-Schedule-Adopted-2015, with an additional "pass-through" of 3 cents per unit of water (one unit equals 748 gallons) wholesale increase from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

However, the LVMWD Board of Directors has determined a scheduled increase in Sanitation (sewer) charges is not needed at this time; they will remain as they were in 2016.

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Drought - Year 6

October 1 marked the beginning of a new California "water year" and the sixth consecutive year of drought in Southern California. While last winter’s rain and snow helped replenish depleted Northern California reservoirs, they’ve been drawn down through the summer months and more water has been released to preserve threatened species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

In late October, Lake Oroville, our primary source of water was just above 40 percent of capacity; its "normal" level for this time of year is 72 percent.

While it’s too early to know what this winter will bring, it’s important to maintain your water-wise habits.

  • Reduce or eliminate outdoor irrigation in the winter months.
  • Never water when it rains or in the following 48 hours.
  • Check your home for leaks, especially around irrigation valves.
  • Replace old washing machines with a new high-efficiency model (rebate available at
  • Replace water-thirsty turf with "California Friendly" plants.


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World Toilet Day - November 2017

Most of us take toilets for granted never thinking about the 2.4 billion people in less developed parts of the world who lack access to adequate facilities. Poor sanitation spreads disease and each year, it’s estimated some half million children die due diseases rising from the lack of toilets and waste treatment infrastructure.World Toilet Day - November 2017

For most LVMWD customers, a safe, reliable sanitation infrastructure is operated and maintained by our team of engineers and operators. Help keep these systems in good working order by not using the toilet as a trashcan. Things like cigarette butts, dental floss, cotton balls, paint and so-called "flushable" wipes do not belong in the sewer system and should be disposed of in the trash or at collection events. Drugs contain chemicals that aren’t removed through the normal wastewater treatment process. Please dispose of unused or expired medications at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station on Agoura Road, or put them in a sealable container or bag and place them in the trash.

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Water-Wise Gift Ideas

Being water-wise may be a good gift-giving theme for the holidays, check out our list of water-wise gifts:

Shower timer


       5-Minute Shower Timer

WaterSense showerhead


WaterSense Showerhead

Low-water use,
native plant

California Native Plant Guide

Hose nozzle


Hose Nozzle

Drip irrigation kit 


Drip Irrigation

irrigation controller (rebates available at

Weather Based Irrigation Timer

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Keep Your Sink Clog-FreeSave the Drain & Can the Grease!

‘Tis the season for rich foods and sometimes greasy clean-up. Don’t let your holidays be dimmed by a messy and costly clogged drain. Avoid having to call a plumber this holiday season by following these simple tips:

Can the Grease

Pour used cooking grease into a heat-safe can or jar and store it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, place it in the trash.

Scrape the Plate

Use a paper towel to wipe greasy pots, dishes and utensils before washing. Keep all food scraps out of the garbage disposal. Toss them in the trash or compost bin instead.

Soak it Up

You can also mix used cooking grease with an absorbent material, such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place it in a sealed bag or container, and then in the trash.

Sewer overflows are an emergency. If you see sewage bubbling out of a manhole cover or other evidence of a sewer line problem, contact our 24-hour emergency line at (818) 251-2100. Don’t assume someone else has reported the problem.

Sewer System Lateral

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Add Compost Now for a Better Spring Garden

Reimagine Your LandscapeAfter a long summer, your soil may be "tired", that is, its nutrients are depleted and in need of enrichment. It’s a perfect time to use Community Compost, available free every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility, located at Las Virgenes and Lost Hills Roads in Calabasas, across from De Anza Park.

Adding compost now allows it to mix with the soil, restoring vitality and helping it to retain moisture. It will help your lawn or garden get off to a great start when spring arrives. Community Compost meets the US EPA’s "Class A – Exceptional Quality" standard and it’s routinely used by professional landscape contractors and seasoned gardeners.

To get your compost, bring sturdy, sealable plastic bags, bins, or a tarp to cover your pickup bed or trailer. We supply the shovels for loading and you’re welcome to take as much as you need!

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At Your Service
     7 of Every 10 Gallons

At Your ServiceNearly 70% of the water delivered to LVMWD customers is used for irrigation. Our region is still experiencing an exceptional drought. One way you can significantly manage your outdoor water use is by installing a weather-based irrigation controller. They automatically adjust watering times based on weather conditions.

Rebates for qualifying models available through

For more ways to improve your irrigation efficiency read more at Improve Irrigation Efficiency.


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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:

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

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

Answer: d

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

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