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Pure Water Project Las Virgenes-Triunfo

The Current Flow Newsletter Issue 4, 2017

News for customers of
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District

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Pure Water Project Las Virgenes–Triunfo

A new source of water for LVMWD customers.

It’s been said "the world will welcome an idea whose time has come", and that adage may well apply to the Pure Water Project Las Virgenes–Triunfo.

The Pure Water Project (PWP) will take surplus recycled water from the Tapia Water Reclamation Facilityand further treat it to better than drinking water standards. After treatment, the water would then be stored at Las Virgenes Reservoir until needed, and before distribution, it would again be filtered and treated for use in the drinking water system.

Following a prolonged period of drought, Pure Water Projects have been springing up from Monterey to San Diego and through the southern states, all the way to Florida. Using proven and advanced treatment technologies, water that has previously been released to the ocean can again be beneficially used in our own communities, at costs that will be competitive with imported water sources in the future.

Community Support

After nearly two years of study and community stakeholder workshops, the Las Virgenes - Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) agreed the Pure Water Project was the answer to several challenges:

  • The service area is entirely reliant upon imported water for drinking. Another source is needed.
  • Wastewater treatment standards have become increasingly stringent and costly.
  • There are environmental concerns with discharging surplus water to Malibu Creek.
  • The new Tapia operating permit requires a reduction in creek discharges and higher water quality.

Since setting the course to build a PWP, the JPA has conducted over 20 community awareness briefings to receptive audiences. If a free presentation is desired for your HOA, service club, alumni or fraternal group, contact the District to arrange a date.


ScheduleInfographic of the Pure Water Project

Some of the needed infrastructure is already in place, but new elements would include building an Advanced Water Treatment facility, a brine disposal pipeline and a new supply line to Las Virgenes Reservoir. It will take time to do the preparation work that includes design and engineering, environmental studies, and determining the best options for funding the project. Because of these factors, an operational facility is years away but some of these processes are already in motion.


Final costs are not yet known but the JPA is actively seeking federal and state assistance in the form of grants and low-cost loans. To date, $450,000 has been awarded by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation to offset some of the cost for constructing a demonstration facility. The facility will provide an opportunity for the public to see the technology behind the project before it is built full-scale.

Click to learn more about the Pure Water Project. As the Pure Water Project progresses, look for additional updates in future editions of The Current Flow.

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Show Off Your California-Friendly Garden

If you’ve turned your former water-guzzling lawn into a beautiful, native, low-water-use landscape, we want to see it! Send us before-and-after photos of your yard to join the many customers already featured on our website!

Visit Your Neighbors Yard, and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.

Before and after photos of Mark and Meredith's front yard

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Protect Against West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes, and there is Mosquito on armcurrently no vaccine or treatment for it. The virus is a leading cause of severe neuroinvasive conditions, including meningitis, encephalitis, and paralysis, among adults 50 years and older. Those most at risk include elderly and those whose immunity is compromised. Symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, and a mild skin rash.

Most mosquitoes do not carry WNV, and most people bitten by a mosquito are not exposed to it. The virus is not spread through person-to-person contact or directly from birds to humans.

Decrease the risk of infection by:

  • Dumping or draining any standing water. Check irrigated areas, do not allow water to collect and stagnate in old tires, flowerpots, swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, rain barrels or other containers without a protective mosquito screen. These are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  • Cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools; draining water from pool covers.
  • Stocking garden ponds with goldfish or other fish that eat mosquito eggs and larvae.
  • Avoiding mosquito-infested areas at dawn and dusk.
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you’re outdoors, particularly when in areas where mosquitoes are present.
  • Using repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil. These are effective defenses against mosquitoes when used as directed.
  • Checking window screens for tears or holes.

For the latest West Nile virus activity in L.A. County, visit and

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Can You Live a Day Without Water?

Imagine a Day Without Water - October 12, 2017
Could you go a day without brushing your teeth, flushing the toilet, or drinking coffee? What if firefighters had no water to fight fires or hospitals had no water to care for patients or wash medical equipment?

Most Americans take for granted water and the many systems that bring it to and from homes and businesses. We don’t think twice about how safe drinking water is delivered to our homes, or what happens to wastewater once it disappears down the drain.

While unimaginable to most of us, there are communities right here in the U.S. that have lived without the essential systems that bring water to and from homes and businesses. The epic California drought dried up several groundwater sources in the state, forcing some residents to relocate, buy expensive bottled water or have a supply trucked in. Elsewhere, flooding and other natural disasters knocked out water and wastewater services in communities from Texas to West Virginia and South Carolina.Las Virgenes Reservoir

Investing in water infrastructure is one way water agencies demonstrate their commitment to strengthening drinking water and wastewater systems. From replacing aging water mains to building additional storage and cutting-edge water recycling facilities, LVMWD works to ensure that no customer ever has to experience a day without water.

Join us October 12 as we help raise awareness about the value of water in our community. If you have a social media account, tell the world why water infrastructure is so important, and make sure to include the hashtag #ValueWater.

Thank you for your support!

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 Your Money at Work

LVMWDs Budget in Brief cover


How does LVMWD use funds to ensure dependable water and wastewater services?

See the "Budget in Brief" at:

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Recycled Water Fill Station - Open Saturdays

Recycled Water Fill Station Training

At Your Service ~
"Tanks" For Thinking of Us!

 At Your Service; Butler holding a serving tray

LVMWD has 25 storage tanks at elevated locations throughout the service area, storing from 8 million to 300,000 gallons. Tanks provide water pressure, daily water needs and store a reserve for emergencies. They’re refilled at times when power rates are lowest.



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The Missing PieceThe Missing Piece

The program to apply Advanced Water Treatment methods to already recycled water is called the ________, which will add to the District’s drinking water supply portfolio.

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:

Outdoor irrigation can be done on any day, but is not permitted in the LVMWD service area during what times?


Irrigation is not permitted between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., every day of the week.

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