Monday, May 23, 2022

Wally’s Water Wisdom – The Time is Now to Save Water

Hi friends! I am here today to discuss some very important news. Did you know California is in a drought? By now, you probably do. In fact, California just endured the driest January, February, and March in recorded history! Normally, these are the State’s wettest months.

The word “drought” may seem scary but, luckily, there are easy steps each of us can take at home to ensure we are making the most of our water resources so that the drought stays under control.

  1. Wash full loads of laundry and dishes.
  2. Limit showers to five minutes or fewer. One of my favorite ways to do this is by playing my favorite song while I shower and making sure I am finished by the time the song ends!
  3. Adhere to your city or local water agency’s watering schedule. If needed, use a hose with a shutoff nozzle to hand water your plants or dry areas of your lawn. And don’t forget to only water in the morning before sunrise or at night after sunset to reduce evaporation!
  4. Plant California natives for a drought resilient garden.
  5. If you need to wash your car, take it to an automatic car wash instead of washing it at home. 

By following these simple steps, we can ensure that California’s water is stretched and access to a clean, reliable water supply is guaranteed. Remember, the time is NOW to save water!

For more information on the drought and water saving tips that you can share with family and friends, be sure to check out the drought status page on IEUA’s website!

That’s all I have for today, friends! I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom!

Your friend,

Wally

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Wally’s Water Wisdom- Celebrating IEUA’s Engineers

Hi friends! The new year is passing quickly! Can you believe we’ve already made it halfway through February? This week is also significant because it is Engineers Week! Engineers are at the forefront of some of the most integral projects to better care for our region. For today’s blog post, I’ve enlisted the help of some of IEUA’s engineers. Let’s learn a little bit more about the work that they do. 

First, let’s check in with Adham Almasri, one of IEUA’s Principal Engineers.

“As a Principal Engineer, I oversee half of IEUA’s Capital Improvement Program, which equates to around $200 million. I supervise three engineering teams. Each team has three to four engineers, including the lead Senior Engineer/ Senior Project Manager. I also oversee a total of 5 construction inspectors. I am part of what’s called the Project Management Office (PMO) and heavily participate in long range planning for the Engineering and Construction Management department. This includes project planning, allocating resources, managing staff, overseeing the budget, and conducting training. I am also involved with each of the teams’ projects and counted on as the prime responsible for quality control and quality assurance.

Finally, I am also responsible for optimizing the partnership relationship with design consultant and collaborate relationship with the internal clients (including but not limited to the Operations and Maintenance).”

Next, let’s hear from Victoria Salazar, IEUA’s Associate Engineer.

“One of the projects I am working on is the RP-1 Aeration Basin Membrane Replacement. For this project, we are replacing over 800 aeration membranes in the RP-1 aeration basins. In this part of the wastewater treatment process, bacteria decompose the ammonia and other contaminants found in the wastewater through a metabolic process that requires oxygen. The new membranes are expected to improve the rate of oxygen transfer and the overall efficiency of the aeration process, helping reduce operational cost and improving reliability.”

You can learn more about Victoria’s role as an Associate Engineer by checking out her Day in the Life video on our YouTube channel!

Finally, let’s check in with Megan Trott, another one of IEUA’s Associate Engineers.

“The Preserve Lift Station was constructed in 2017 to pump wastewater from a new residential tract of homes to the existing Chino Interceptor Sewer at Kimball Avenue in Chino, CA. The facility is owned by the City of Chino and operated and maintained by IEUA under a contract with the City. The lift station currently consists of two submersible pumps operated through Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), and the facility is designed to consist of four pumps at full buildout over the next 20 years. This project will install a third pump and VFD as flow rates begin to increase with residential development in the area. IEUA’s goal is to have increased capacity, increased redundancy reliability, and reduced rag build-up.”

You can learn more about the projects these engineers are involved in by visiting IEUA’s social media channels @IEUAwater.

That’s all I have for today, friends! I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom!

Your friend,

Wally

Monday, January 17, 2022

Wally's Water Wisdom - IEUA's FREE Education Programs

Hi friends! Did you know International Day of Education is January 24? If you’re a longtime reader of me and my friend Owlie’s blogs, you probably know all about IEUA’s free education programs. But, if you’re a new reader or interested in learning more, allow me to recap!

IEUA offers free education programs to students in grades K-12. These programs include Water Discovery field trips* to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, “Water is Life” poster contest, Owlie’s Virtual Adventures, Solar Cup™, National Theatre for Children, and more! Each of these programs include lessons on water use efficiency methods, origination and sustainability of water resources, and water-saving techniques.
*Due to the current pandemic, in-person Water Discovery tours are not offered at this time.

 If you’re a teacher, you may be thinking, “Wally, I’m not sure if I’ll have time to take advantage of all of these wonderful resources.” Well, you’re in luck! Through our newest award-winning program, Owlie’s Virtual Adventures, you can schedule a virtual field trip with one of our staff members who will do the teaching for you in just an hour and a half!

For more information of each of our programs, check out the video below or head to ieua.org/learn-about-water/.

Happy learning, everyone! I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom! In the meantime, maybe you can catch up on some water wisdom too. 😉

Your friend,

Wally




Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Wally’s Water Wisdom- Five Water-Wise Holiday Reminders

Hi friends! Now that we are officially past spooky season and entering the holiday season, I wanted to share a few water-wise reminders to prepare you for your upcoming get-togethers. By following these tips, we can make sure our drains and sewer systems can enjoy the holidays too!


  1. Thaw frozen foods in the fridge overnight instead of under running water.
  2. Collect the water used to rinse any fruits or vegetables in a bowl instead of pouring it down the drain. Use it to water a plant or find a patch of grass that could use some TLC!
  3. Scrape leftover food scraps into the trash can instead of rinsing them off your plate with water. This ensures that greasy food won’t enter the drains and clog our sewer systems. For even more savings, consider turning the leftover scraps into compost for your garden!
  4. Save the cleanup for your dishwasher! Make sure to wait to run your dishwasher until it is completely full.
  5. Collect and cool any fats, oils and greases (FOG) before disposing of them in the trash can. Remember: No FOG down the drain!

That’s all I have for today friends! Remember to be sewer safe and water-wise this holiday season. I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom!

Your friend,

Wally

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Wally's Water Wisdom - Imagine A Day Without Water

Hi friends! Ahh, don’t you just love a refreshing glass of water after a workout, or a nice, cold sip of water to refresh you throughout the day? Me too! What about water to wash your hands or shower with after a long day of playing outside? What would a world be like without any water to get us through these long days?

Imagine a day without water… what impacts would that have on our bodies? Our health? Agriculture? Our ecosystems? Well, that’s exactly what Imagine a Day Without Water is for! On October 21, Imagine a Day Without Water encourages us to learn more about where our water comes from, where our water goes, the impact drinking water and wastewater providers have within our communities, and the overall value of water. 

Water is a finite resource, meaning it may not always be readily accessible. In fact, approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water is in the oceans and only 3 percent of earth’s water is freshwater. However, almost all of the earth’s freshwater is trapped in ice caps, making only 1 percent accessible to us. Making sure we are using the most of that 1 percent is essential, especially with our current season of drought.


Luckily, saving water is as easy as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth, using a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk and driveway, or giving your pet a bath outside on a patch of grass that could use some water.

Well, that’s all I have for today friends! I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom.

Your friend,

Wally

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Wally’s Water Wisdom – IEUA’s Water Quality Laboratory

Hi friends! Wally here to share some information on IEUA’s state-of-the-art Water Quality Laboratory! In fact, last month, our lab and a few of its staff members were recognized as part of National Water Quality Month, so why not keep the recognition going!

Before we get into the lab, you may be wondering what National Water Quality Month is. Great question! In 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the support of the United Nations founded Water Quality Month to raise awareness of water-use efficiency and the importance of clean water on individual health, collective agricultural needs and the needs of the environment. Especially with California’s current season of drought, there’s never been a better time to practice water-use efficiency in our homes and communities, and celebrate our lab staff for all they do to enhance and preserve water quality!

Our lab’s main functions are to manage water quality testing, enhance performance and improve the process of sample analysis. Construction of the lab began in 2016 and you can find it located right next to Regional Water Recycling Plant No. 5. In total, the lab collects approximately 18,000 samples and performs 64,000 various tests each year. This includes gas chromatography, metals analysis, bioassays, and more! All of this just means that our lab plays a large role in ensuring clean water is distributed throughout our region or discharged into nearby bodies of water.

While our lab is crucial to providing high-quality water, don’t forget that you too can contribute to a clean water supply by simply picking up after your pets, throwing away your trash and using reusable bags and straws instead of plastic ones.

That’s all I have for today friends! I’ll see you all soon with my next drop of water wisdom!

Your friend,

Wally

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Wally's Water Wisdom - The Importance of Smart Irrigation

Hi friends! Did you know July is Smart Irrigation Month? Smart Irrigation Month was founded by the Irrigation Association® in 2005 and advocates for water-use efficiency through effective irrigation practices.

Smart irrigation practices include adjusting sprinkler nozzles so that they hit the desired area, upgrading your irrigation controller to a weather-based controller, repairing leaks, planting California natives, using mulch instead of grass, and even grouping your plants by similar watering needs (also known as hydrozoning).

Smart irrigation is not only easy, it’s extremely important! Why? Water is a very precious, limited resource. Especially during California’s current season of drought, saving water wherever and whenever we can is essential. However, smart irrigation techniques will benefit your garden as well! Did you know most plants tend to die due to overwatering, not underwatering? With these techniques in place, you’ll ensure your garden and lawn are healthy and thriving.

That’s all I have for today friends. Keep up the great, water-saving work and I’ll see you again soon with my next drop of water wisdom!

Your friend,

Wally