Since its formation in 1947, West Basin Municipal Water District has undertaken a scientific and research-based approach to evaluating water management needs for the service area and implementing innovative water reliability solutions. During the multiple year drought of the 1980s, West Basin became a pioneer in water treatment technology by inaugurating a water recycling facility in 1995 which now purifies 40 million gallons per day of treated sewage and is world renowned for producing five unique types of customer-tailored water.
West Basin continues this innovative water solutions legacy through its partnerships in groundwater replenishment by expanding recycled water production, evaluating new purification technologoies, and by building funding partnerships to increase access to water conservation programs for local residents and businesses. Now, as a coastal water agency, West Basin has undertaken its obligation to explore and evaluate a potential new reliable water source. The District is completing the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process to examine the conversion of ocean water into drinking water with technologies that are environmentally responsible, energy-efficient and cost effective.