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Water Replenishment District of Southern California recognizes milestone
The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) last week recognized the Long Beach Water Department for 100 years of dedicated service to the residents and businesses of Long Beach. In attendance to accept the recognition were Long Beach Water Department commissioners Frank Clarke, John Allen, Paul Blanco and Susan Dallman, as well as general manager Kevin Wattier and deputy general manager Anatole Falagan.
Since October 2005 the Long Beach Water Department has been operating the Leo J. Vander Lans Advanced Water Treatment Facility (AWTF), built by the Water Replenishment District in 2003. The facility supplies water to protect the Central Basin groundwater basin from seawater contamination and, ultimately, to protect and replenish drinking water for the region.
"Today we recognize the Long Beach Water Department for 100 years of providing a safe and reliable source of water to Long Beach, the seventh largest city in California," said WRD board president Sergio Calderon. "We applaud them for being a regional leader in water conservation and environmental stewardship and look forward to a bright future of innovation and cooperation between our two agencies.”