Virtual Firescaping Class Oct. 10

Firescaping is a landscaping practice that helps reduce the damages from wildfires to properties based on the design of property spaces and proper landscape fire-resistant plants. As wildfires become a norm in California, Foothill Municipal Water District is sponsoring an online firescaping class on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9-11 a.m., to help the communities in the Foothills learn and implement firescaping practices.
Join Douglas Kent (speaker), an expert in ecological land management, the practice of designing and maintaining landscapes for specific environmental outcomes, such as carbon reduction, pollinator attraction or water body protection. Douglas has run statewide educational campaigns and participated in hundreds of landscape projects. Since 2005, he has toured, worked with and spoken to fire-scarred communities throughout California
A reservation is required. Visit to sign up for the virtual class.
For more information, call Michael Le at (714) 230-9706 or email at

LCF at Odds With Water District Over Foothill Boulevard Damage

The city of La Cañada Flintridge recently filed a complaint in a Los Angeles Superior Court against the Foothill Municipal Water District, saying the wholesaler’s failure to properly maintain a water pipe under Foothill Boulevard caused the street to sink and could lead to further damage in a wet winter.
In a complaint filed on Aug. 20, the city said it seeks damages from the water agency in an amount to be proved at trial. Continue reading “LCF at Odds With Water District Over Foothill Boulevard Damage”

FMWD Says Thanks for Conservation During Pipeline Work

Foothill Municipal Water District received an outstanding public response from customers refraining from outdoor water use to accommodate the inspection of an imported water pipeline.
The inspection covered about 10,000 feet of pipeline starting near the Rose Bowl and ending in La Cañada Flintridge. From March 19-23, a robot used high-definition cameras and electromagnetic sensors to measure the steel wall thickness of the pipe and log other data points as it traveled.
“The results from the inspection will better inform our Capital Improvement Program moving forward,” stated General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “Ensuring the reliability of our pipelines through planned maintenance and rehabilitation will be less costly than an emergency repair.”
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Foothill MWD Opens 2018 Student Art Contest

Foothill Municipal Water District is holding its seventh annual K-12 student art contest with the theme of competition: “Water Is Life.” This is a fun and educational project that serves to inspire student creativity about the stewardship of our precious water resources.
The contest is open to all K-12 students attending a school located within the Foothill MWD service area. This includes schools primarily located within La Crescenta-Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge and Altadena.
All art entries for the 2018 “Water Is Life” Student Art Contest will be separated into three groups (grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12) before judging. The grand prize winning entry for each group will receive $100 for the student and a $50 gift card for the sponsoring teacher.
This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and all winning entries will be submitted to MWD for a second round of competition to be included in the 2019 “Water Is Life” Student Artwork Calendar.
Deadline for entries is Monday, April 2, including postmarked submissions.
For more information about the contest, including all rules, judging criteria and other prizes, visit the website and click on “Student Art Contest Information” on the main page.

Local Water Officials Cheer California WaterFix Vote

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve its initial share of funding for the California WaterFix, or about 26% of the $16.7 billion investment plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The project is intended to upgrade the state’s existing water delivery system by constructing a pair of water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta that would divert water into the State Water Project.
Foothill Municipal Water District — which serves the communities of La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Altadena — receives imported water from MWD, including supplies that travel through the Bay Delta. Each community varies in its reliance on imported water, but overall imported supplies constitute about 60% of all water use within the service area, according to FMWD officials. Continue reading “Local Water Officials Cheer California WaterFix Vote”

Descanso Gardens Hosts a Celebration of Water

Descanso Water Speakers

Foothill Municipal Water District is co-sponsoring “Wet and Wonderful: Celebrating Our Precious Water,” an event featuring talks from water experts, a mulch giveaway and a rain barrel sale between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Descanso Gardens.
Speakers and performances include:
• Lisa Novick, of the Theodore Payne Foundation, at 9:15 a.m. at the Center Circle. The LCF resident will lead a Native Plant Garden walk and talk, offering insight about plants residents can use in their own yards to attract pollinators, birds and other wildlife.
• Dallas Raines, KABC-7 meteorologist, will speak from 10-10:30 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall.
• Cindy Berglund, Rain Barrels International, will discuss rain barrels between 10:30-11 a.m. at Van De Kamp Hall. She will share barrel basics and explain how to apply for rebates.
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LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold

Mesa Crest Water Co. customers in La Cañada Flintridge received word last month that they’re going to have a new water provider.
According to a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, Mesa Crest Water Co., which was incorporated in LCF in 1956 and serves about 700 local residents, is being sold to Liberty Park Water, which provides service to about 29,000 customers in southeastern L.A. County.
“They’re being acquired by a large company that serves lots of communities in L.A. County and is a big national company, so we expect service to be better,” said Rich Atwater, president of the Foothill Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors. “It’s a much more sophisticated operation. Working with them will improve water service and conservation.” Continue reading “LCF’s Mesa Crest Water Co. Being Sold”

Local Students Win in ‘Water is Life’ Art Contest

Palm Crest Elementary 2nd-grader Lauren Park won first place.

Foothill Municipal Water District (Foothill) recently concluded its 6th annual “Water Is Life” student art competition, with three local elementary students named as winners.
Lauren Park, a 2nd-grader at Palm Crest Elementary, won first place; PCR 6th-grader Chia Matsuka took second place; Arra Cho, a Paradise Canyon Elementary 2nd-grader also took second place; and Chloe Calix, a 1st-grader at PCY, garnered honorable recognition.
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Foothill Water District Holds April Events

The Foothill Municipal Water District has announced a series of community events and activities in April, with the aim to educate residents of the importance of water, especially after the wet season ended drought conditions for many regions across the state.
“We are excited to promote these great events to our residents that remind us of the importance of water,” said FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “Our winter storms may have alleviated drought conditions, but our local groundwater basins are at historic lows and still need to recover. After we exit April, the hot summer months will quickly arrive and we look to our residents to keep up a strong water-saving ethic.”
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