Celebrating World Water Day - The Angeles Chapter Way

  • Posted on 1 March 2021
  • By Charming Evelyn & Chiara Scaramuzzino
WatCom tours MWD/ LA Sanitation Recycled Water Pilot Project, March 2020 before shutdown.

WatCom tours MWD/ LA Sanitation Recycled Water Pilot Project, March 2020 before shutdown.

Dear Reader,
This March we celebrate water to coincide with World Water Day, March 22nd. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The theme of World Water Day 2021 is valuing water. Beyond the issues of pricing, this topic includes the environmental, social, and cultural value people place on water.
For the Angeles Chapter Water Committee (Angeles Chapter WatCom) - Water is life, not only for humans but the environment as well. Every living thing depends on water. 
The Sierra Club Angeles Chapter Water Committee addresses and tackles water-related issues across Los Angeles and Orange Counties, we also work on State issues through Sierra Club California’s Water Committee and evaluate legislation that affects water quality, water scarcity, water boards, and water bonds.
With the pandemic, we all had to learn to function differently and reach our audiences differently. Covid-19 all of a sudden, smack-dab put water in our faces, including the lack of access to clean, good quality water. It brought the issues of water equity to the forefront of our imaginations, made us think of the homeless and how they access water. It made us really think about water, in a way we hadn’t in a very long time.
However, for those of us out there always leading the good fight, it came as no surprise to us that everyone was finally putting a value to water, literally and figuratively.
The AC WatCom has been a driving force in local water issues and state issues over the years and we continue to advocate for water equity and water conservation. We focus on
  • Sustainable water management
  • Clean water access
  • Water equity, water rates
  • Water quality
  • Water infrastructure and Water Projects
  • Water Policy
  • Identify and encourage interest in running for water boards
The committee’s mission is to: Educate and inform the public about local water-related issues and projects happening in SoCal, promote water conservation, fight for environmental justice and support the beneficial use of all conserved water.
Active Water Campaigns/ 2022 Project Goals are: 
  •  The Water Quality Scorecard
  •  West Hollywood sub-basin dewatering
  • Opposition to the Delta Conveyance
  • Opposition to the Poseidon desalination proposed plant
  • Opposition to the West Basin Ocean Desalination proposed plant
  • Opposition to Cadiz
  • Support MWD/LA Sanitation proposed water recycling plant
  • Support LA Sanitation’s Green Streets project
  • Support the expansion of the Edward C. Little Recycled Water Facility to 100% water reuse
  • Support the City of LA on moving to 100% water reuse
  • New WatCom website
  • Water for the homeless/Water equity campaign
Following the events of 2020, the committee has taken a renovated intersectional approach to water issues. We work closely with the Environmental & Social Justice Committees, to address water-related issues affecting under-resourced communities, communities of color, and fenceline communities in Los Angeles and Orange County.
We would like to take the time to thank all of our volunteers, activists, coalition partners of which there are many, the GIS Committee, the Save the Montebello Hills Task Force, the Political Committee, and Environmental & Social Justice Committees both State and local for their continued partnerships.
Join us in our quest. We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month, and you can find us in the Events calendar or online Schedule of Activities.
Thank you for reading and taking action.
Charming & Chiara - Chair and Vice-Chair
Angeles Chapter Water Committee
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I read the LA County Water Department web site where it showed the chemicals in the public drinking water: benzine, chlorine and fluoride. Benzine id found in gasoline. Benzene is a health hazard. Consuming water with high levels of benzene over a long time can cause health effects such as: • Central nervous system dysfunction4 • Extensive hemorrhaging • Pancytopenia (decrease in amount of blood cells); white blood cells are especially sensitive2 • Increase risk of cancer3 Chlorine is what was used to kill soldiers in WWI. Fluoride is not good to ingest since the human body does not assimilate it. It is only good for coating the teeth not to ingest it. we can get all the fluoride we need from vegetables. In that form, the human body can process it. Perhaps the Sierra Club can address these toxic contaminants to the county administrators as a major part of the World Water Day program.

Jim, Thank you for your comment. I hope you read the article, "What's In Your Water?", We are hoping to address water quality issues through a project we're working on called the Water Quality Scorecard. Just a reminder that we are all volunteers, so that limits how many projects we can work on at any given time.

Hoping you have a recommendation about how to reduce excessive water usage of such properties.

Dear Virginia, Thank you for your comment. If you go to your local water supplier's website they will have a water conservation page, that offers rebates, classes and ideas on how to reduce your water footprint outdoors. You can also go to bewaterwise.com which is managed by Metropolitan Water District and offers rebates and suggestions. Here are some basic first steps: Convert your lawn to drought resistant CA friendly plants, if you need to keep a patch of lawn for pets or children, use yarrow which you can mow and maintain like a lawn but is drought tolerant; get free mulch from LA Dept of Sanitation and keep mulch (3-4 inches) around your plants to reduce evaporation, water in the early morning or late evening and even better yet, install a greywater system that allows you to reuse the water from your bathroom sink/shower and washer to irrigate your lawn and garden. Installing a simple system requires no permits. Install rain barrels to capture rain water for reuse. Greywater Action (http://greywateraction.org/) offers workshops for do-it-yourselfers and training and a certification program for graywater installers

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