Amid historic drought and conservation measures for millions of Southern Californians, many Angelenos can keep their lawns, plants and trees green this summer with up to 300 gallons of recycled water supplied free of charge each day from a local program.
This is what Mayor Eric Garcetti had to say when announcing the program of recycled water supply centers, or container filling stations:
“We’re here to help you, to keep your plants alive, to keep our drought response strong, and to reopen two stations filled with recycled water,” Garcetti said.
The mayor confirmed that “it is free water for you, for your garden, to keep your plants strong and to make sure we serve you” in the city.
Through the station program, Los Angeles residents who are Department of Water and Power (DWP) customers can fill up to 300 gallons of recycled water each time they visit one of two new filling stations.
One of the water reclamation plants is in the Los Angeles-Glendale area and operates from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the other is in the parking lot of the Los Angeles Zoo and is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Please note that both floors are only open from Thursday to Saturday.
Interested persons must attend a department instruction talk, which basically emphasizes that recycled water is not drinkable; It is not for drinking or cooking, but it works perfectly for grasses and plants.
“Clients must complete a brief one-time training class before filling their container. At the end of the class, participants can receive up to 300 gallons of recycled and disinfected water each day of operation,” the department reported.
This is not the first time that DWP offers recycled water to rescue gardens of Angelenos, it is a recurring program since 2016, but given the drought that impacts the entire region, this is the first time that the plants or stations are open more days of the week.
Mayor Garcetti has highlighted the importance of the stations because they save thousands of gallons of drinking water each day.
“Recycled water helps promote conservation by reducing demand for valuable drinking water. Recycled water can only be used for landscaping purposes, such as maintenance of trees, shrubs, gardens, and lawns,’ according to an illustrative brochure from DWP.
The recycled water stations are part of Los Angeles’ drought strategy to help green lawn owners who would otherwise have to use at least some of their regular drinking water to keep their green spaces alive.
DWP reports that so far this summer there has been a 44 percent increase in reported drinking water waste.
On the other hand, the demand for reimbursement requests for the replacement program of green gardens increased by one thousand percent for others with plants that are decorative and more resistant to water scarcity.
Here are the DWP requirements for those interested in getting enough recycled water for their green gardens:
“Being a customer of the DWP. Bring your DWP bill and a government-issued photo ID to the RWFS Residential training class for verification” as the first step.
Notify by email email@example.com that you will introduce yourself and take the class that lasts a moment, and after the class fill out a form in English, although you may have assistance in Spanish.
Immediately, department personnel will provide you with purple labels, which characterize recycled water, and which say “Do not drink”, as a warning that it is not drinking water.
These labels must be affixed to each of the containers in which the recycled garden water will be carried.
The DWP has recommended that containers used to transport recycled water be tight-lidded.
In this Internet address you can find the places in Los Angeles where they sell airtight containers and the types or models they sell. Those interested can call those vendors for more information, bit.ly/3cVBEXn
Recycled water for Los Angeles is one of Mayor Garcetti’s most ambitious plans.
In late 2019, the Mayor began to harness water recycling in a way that is proposed to be 100 percent water recycling by 2035.
“Maximizing Los Angeles’s recycling capacity will increase the amount of water we get locally and help ensure that Angelenos can count on access to clean water for generations to come,” the mayor said at the time.