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Public Water Bottle Filling Station Grant Funding available in West Basin Municipal Water District
As a means to helping prevent the use of approximately 68,000 plastic water bottles annually, decreasing the potentially harmful environmental impacts of single-use plastics while also providing access to free, high-quality water at local schools, community centers and parks, the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) has re-opened applications for public facilities to apply for grant funding for up to $1,000 to install water bottle filling stations.
“Our popular water bottle filling station program showcases the District’s commitments to water quality and environmental stewardship,” said West Basin Board President Donald L. Dear. “We hope that the public facilities within our service area continue to take advantage of the funding available to upgrade their old drinking fountains with this new technology offered through West Basin’s grant program.”
The original water bottle filling station pilot program, launched in 2017, was a popular program providing people with more access to safe and reliable tap water to refill their personal, eco-friendly reusable water bottles. Thirteen water bottle filling stations were installed in the first iteration of the program and included stations in multiple cities and public facilities with WBMWD’s footprint including:
- Bixby Marshland-Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, LA County Sanitation District
- Center Street School, El Segundo
- City of El Segundo
- City of Gardena
- City of Hawthorne
- City of Hermosa Beach
- City of Inglewood
- City of Malibu
- City of Manhattan Beach
- City of Rolling Hills Estates
- Environmental Charter High School, Lawndale
- Lennox Middle School, Lennox, and
- Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Palos Verdes
Potentially eligible public facility grant applicants must be located in WBMWD’s service area and meet all criteria specified in the application guidelines. Applications will be received and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.
Previous public facility applicants can re-apply for additional funds. For questions regarding application submissions, please contact Leighanne Kirk, program manager, Water Bottle Filling Station Program, at: LeighanneK@westbasin.org. Additional details regarding grant eligibility and the funding application forms are available at: www.westbasin.org/fillingstations.