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New Innovative, Environmentally Responsible Water Storage Project Will Increase Supply Reliability, Maintain Affordability

January 10, 2003

LONG BEACH, CA - On Thursday, January 9, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners authorized the Long Beach Water Department to implement one of the most significant water supply reliability improvement projects in recent memory. The Long Beach Conjunctive Use Project will allow the Water Department to capture excess water during wet years and store it in the giant Central Groundwater Basin for use in dry years, when demand for water is high. The project will strengthen the city’s water supply reliability and maintain rate affordability.

Long Beach Desalination Project Receives More Federal Funding

February 14, 2003

Long Beach, CA - The United States Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2003 spending late Thursday evening, nearly five months into the Fiscal Year. Included in the omnibus appropriations measure is $1 million for the Long Beach Desalination Project. Also included, is $1.8 million for the Long Beach Water Reuse Project, aimed at expanding the City’s use of reclaimed water. President Bush is expected to sign the bill next week.

Poly Science Students To Represent Long Beach In Southern California Solar Boat Race

May 28, 2003

What: Teams of science students from eight Southern California high schools will compete against one another in a solar powered boat race. Each team of students, including one from Long Beach Polytechnic High School sponsored by the Long Beach Water Department, have built their solar powered boat from scratch. The competition is a three-day event sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The event promotes stewardship of resources and alternative technologies.

Long Beach Polytechnic Wins Second Place Overall, Sportsmanship Award, In Solar Boat Competition

June 2, 2003

Lake Skinner, CA - Long Beach Water Department-sponsored Polytechnic High School placed second overall in the first-ever Southern California solar boat competition, sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. The team from Long Beach Poly also received the event's Sportsmanship Award, by far the most important award presented at the event. The event, to promote stewardship of resources and alternative technology, was won by Canyon High School of Anaheim.