Environmental Protection

West Basin Offers Free Smart Controller to Some Residents

Using grant funding, the municipal water district is working toward Water Reliability 2020 goals.

West Basin Municipal Water District is working to reduce the amount drinking water used outdoors by offering free landscape controllers to residents in its service area that have an acre or more of yard.

The free controllers are offered through West Basin’s Ocean-Friendly landscape program that aims to reduce outdoor water use, as well as prevent runoff from polluting local beaches and oceans. The controller comes with a free landscape audit, free installation, and programming. The entire controller program value to residents is $1,350. The program requires that the property be located within West Basin Municipal Water District’s service area, that the property be irrigated with potable water, and the landscape be at least 1-acre in size. Add to that, the savings from using less water, and residents could save up to $4,000 over the lifetime of the device.

The property can be a private residence, school, college or university, homeowner’s association, business, ballfield, etc. Examples of current program participants include Marymount College on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, The Pointe at Malibu, and Carson Senior High School, among others. One smart controller on one acre of property can save more than 100,000 gallons of water a year. Some larger properties may qualify for more than one controller and the water savings could be even greater.

West Basin Municipal Water District is reducing its dependence on imported water through the Water Reliability 2020 program that will double conservation, double recycled water production, and add desalted ocean-water to its portfolio by the year 2020.

Source: West Basin Municipal Water District

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