2006

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Long Beach Water Conservation Program to Save School District $80,000 a Year; 36 Million Gallons of Water

LONG BEACH, CA – The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners has approved an agreement with the Long Beach Unified School District that will conserve more than 36 million gallons of water and save the District $80,000 dollars in water fees, each year. The agreement provides for the installation of 49 advanced-technology irrigation controllers at 26 different schools in the Long Beach Unified School District, all at no cost to the District.

Long Beach Water Beach Clean-Up Removes Over 800 lbs of Trash

LONG BEACH, CA – On Saturday, June 17, 2006 the Long Beach Water Department removed over 800 lbs of debris, including a mattress, multiple pairs of shoes and innumerable pieces of styrofoam and cigarette butts from Bluff Park Beach.

Pacific Institute Study Validates Long Beach’s Measured, Transparent Approach to Seawater Desalination

OAKLAND, CA – A recently released report on Seawater Desalination by the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security, cites the benefits of seawater desalination, but cautions policymakers and the public against excessively high economic and energy costs, as well as potential environmental and social impacts.

U.S. Senate Committee Appropriates $1.9 Million for Long Beach Desalination, Reclamation Projects

WASHINGTON DC – Today, the United States Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $30.7 billion Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which includes $1.9 million for critical Long Beach water supply reliability efforts. The bill provides $1 million for the Long Beach Seawater Desalination Project and $970,000 for the continued expansion of the city’s recycled water distribution system.

Long Beach Water Slated to receive $1 Million for Desalination from California Department of Water Resources

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Water Resources has recommended that Long Beach Water receive an additional $1 million for its national seawater desalination research and development effort, the largest project of its kind in the United States. The funding recommendation will bring the total State of California contribution to the

Standard & Poor’s Affirms Water Department Stellar Credit Rating

LONG BEACH, CA – Standard & Poor’s has recently affirmed an “A-1+” short-term credit rating for the Long Beach Water Department’s outstanding Commercial Paper notes. The Department issued Commercial Paper notes in 2002 to fund its citywide reclaimed water expansion project and the seawater desalination project. The A-1+ rating is the highest ranking opinion given by Standard & Poor’s for credit quality.

Beautiful Long Beach Landscape Grants Awarded to Birney and Los Cerritos Elementary Schools

LONG BEACH, CA – The Long Beach Water Department has awarded $6,875 in
grants to two Long Beach elementary schools working to create a more Beautiful Long
Beach. The Long Beach Water Department’s landscape grant program is intended to
showcase and cultivate interest in native California plants and landscapes, as seen at
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Long Beach Desalination Technology to Receive U.S. Patent Protection

LONG BEACH, CA – The United States Patent Office (USPTO) has issued a Notice of Allowance for Patent Protection for a groundbreaking seawater desalination process developed by Long Beach Water Department engineers. The Two-stage Nanofiltration Process, or Long Beach Method, as it has become

Long Beach Water to Receive Highest Award for Competitiveness Achievement

WASHINGTON DC – The Long Beach Water Department will be presented the Gold Award for Competitiveness Achievement at the October annual meeting of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), according to AMWA officials.