Issue 1, 2018
News for customers of
To the Las Virgenes Community:
2018 is the 60th Anniversary of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Since 1958, we have served the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County with safe, clean and affordable water. Milestones like these provide an opportunity for reflecting upon past accomplishments to remember where we began, the journey to where we are and to responsibly plan for a challenging future.
Water has always been an important resource throughout California’s long history from the pioneer days to the harvesting of snowmelt through our aqueduct system to supporting the state’s important agricultural industry in the San Joaquin Valley. It truly is the most precious of resources.
The last few years challenged all of us to change both our perceptions and behavior regarding water and how we use it. With our weather patterns becoming more intense and variable due to climate change, long-term water reliability is a major focus of our water District. But we can’t do this alone; we need your continued help. Your tireless efforts over the last few years have proven that conservation can be a “California Way of Life.”
Diversifying our water portfolio through innovative technologies, such as those proposed with our Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo, will help ensure that our communities and residents will consistently have access to our shared resource. In order to help residents become even more water-efficient, LVMWD offers options that will help save water and money with free water saving devices that can be obtained at the District Headquarters, free compost and recycled water pickups on Saturdays, and free home water audits.
In celebrating our 60th Anniversary, the District will honor partner organizations throughout the year to help us remember where we came from and how significant these relationships are to the future of our District and to those we serve.
I want to thank each of you for your daily efforts that help our communities continue to conserve water. We don’t know when the next drought will be, but we do know that we can be prepared for it when it arrives. If you would like any additional information on water conservation, District programs, or the Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo, please visit our website at LVMWD.com.
David W. Pedersen. P.E.
Here to Serve
For 60 years the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has provided clean, healthy, and affordable water to 75,000 people while maintaining 400 miles of water pipe.
We pride ourselves on being industry leaders throughout the State, not just in water delivery and sanitation, but in customer service.
Our five Customer Service Representatives are your direct connection in answering any billing questions, irrigation and watering restriction inquiries, service outages, construction projects, and any other District-related activities. They help serve close to 20,000 water connections annually.
Their invaluable work has helped the District provide crucial and timely information to our customers since 1958. We appreciate their dedication to our cities, residents, industries, businesses, and schools through their professionalism and constant enthusiasm to make your experience with the District the best it can be.
We thank them for their commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction and in being both the voice and face of the District.
7 Ways to Save Water in 2018
Even though the State is no longer in a drought, Californians should continue using water wisely. After all, the next drought could be just around the corner. By using water more efficiently, we’ll be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store.
Make an impact in 2018 by reducing your water use. Here are seven simple things you can do starting now:
1. Switch to California-friendly, low-water-use landscaping. By making the switch, LVMWD customers have been able to cut their water use in half!
2. Use water-efficient, rotary sprinkler nozzles.
3. Take short showers (five minutes or less).
4. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth and lathering hands.
5. Check your home for leaks: CheckForLeaks
6. Install new water-efficient appliances and devices.
7. Only run the dishwasher and washing machine for full loads.
Find out more ways to reduce your water use: Conservation
Engineers: We Salute You!
During National Engineers Week, LVMWD joins corporations and government agencies across the country in celebrating how engineers make a difference in our world. LVMWD employs engineers who are integral to the planning, design and construction of our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
Within our 122-square-mile service area lies 400 miles of drinking water pipe, 66 miles of recycled water pipe and another 56 miles of trunk sewer lines. There are also 24 drinking water storage tanks, three recycled water storage tanks, 28 pump stations, two reservoirs, and two lift stations that pump wastewater over the mountains to our Tapia Water Reclamation Facility. In addition, there are three one-million gallon digesters and two 250-gallon-per-minute capacity dewatering centrifuges that help turn our customers’ poop and food waste into top-quality garden compost.
Without engineers, none of the infrastructure that delivers quality, reliable drinking water; safely removes wastewater from homes, schools and businesses; and recycles that wastewater for reuse in our service area would be possible.
As we look to the future, LVMWD will rely heavily on our engineers to help achieve our latest endeavor: Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo. This project consists of an advanced treatment facility that will transform recycled water from our water reclamation facility into quality drinking water. The Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo will reduce LVMWD’s reliance on imported water supplies and better equip us to manage future inevitable droughts.
Thank you to our engineers for their commitment and expertise in planning, designing and constructing infrastructure that will ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
Employee Spotlight: Josie Guzman
Josie has been with Las Virgenes Municipal Water District for two and one-half years as the Executive Assistant/Clerk of the Board and provides administrative support to the Board of Directors and to the General Manager. She is also responsible for preparing Board meeting agenda packets and meeting minutes, maintaining the District’s official records, ensuring compliance with the Brown Act, responding to public records requests and serves as the Filing Officer for the Fair Political Practices Commission.
Prior to her career at the District, she worked for several public agencies in the City Clerk and Clerk of the Board’s Office’s and served as the Elected City Clerk for the City of Santa Paula from 2004 through 2008. She also ran her own stand-alone election in 2006 for a citizen-driven ballot initiative.
She is very proud to have attained her Certified Municipal Clerk designation in 2008 and is currently working towards attaining her Master Municipal Clerk designation. Josie also enjoys mentoring her fellow Clerks and fellow employees so that they may advance in their careers.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her two children are currently attending California State University Channel Islands. Josie’s daughter, Miranda, is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Miranda and her husband are also expecting their first baby this spring. Josie’s son, AJ, is working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts and has appeared in several productions in Ventura County.
Josie studied French for five years and her dream is to travel to France someday.
Merci for being our first interviewee and sharing your story with us, Josie!
The Missing PieceWhich statement below is true about water utility engineers?
a. Water utility engineers install electrical power lines, wear laboratory coats to identify their professional acumen, and enjoy public speaking.
b. Water utility engineers use their skill sets to develop infrastructure that delivers quality, reliable drinking water to your faucet.
c. Water utility engineers create synthetic water by combining hydrogen and oxygen molecules using a super-conductor and sell it to aquarium manufacturers.
d. Water utility engineers are also amateur spelunkers.
e. None of the above.
Send your response to:
The Missing Piece, LVMWD, 4232 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302, or send to LittleDrop@LVMWD.com 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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