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E. 67th St.

210 E. 67th St.

Their Story

Winning the contest was a total surprise. I went online to pay my city utility bill, saw the contest and thought, why not, I never win anything. I didn't think about it again until I received an email telling me I'd won. I was shocked and thrilled. I've been slowly trying to get things cleared out and fixed, but I have kids and work full-time, and have no money and very little time. Basically, our house was the blight of the neighborhood. Winning the contest was truly a blessing and now I have the nicest yard in the whole zip code!

Click on the pictures below and learn about the drought-tolerant plants they used!

How Water Rates Are Determined

2010-2011 Water Rates - Effective October 1, 2010

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If you are a property owner looking to remove your turf and plant beautiful drought tolerant plants, visit for more information and to apply for the Lawn-to-Garden Program. Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to a $3,750 rebate.

Board Approves Small Water Rate Increase; First Time in Six Years

July 29, 2003

LONG BEACH, CA - The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners unanimously approved the Long Beach Water Department's FY'04 Budget on Thursday, July 24. The $84.4 million budget, down from $89 million in FY'03, includes a small water-rate increase, the first rate increase in six years, bringing the average water bill back to where it was in 1997.

Long Beach Water Department Sends Emergency Drinking Water to Fire Victims in San Bernardino

October 28, 2003

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - The Long Beach Water Department and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California have partnered with the American Red Cross to deliver an emergency supply of free drinking water to fire ravaged San Bernardino.

Drought? Fire? There are Plants that can Resist both, and a Web Site is Helping to Point the Way

June 4, 2004

LONG BEACH, CA - As Southern California emerges from two record dry years and the devastating firestorms of 2003, a new Web page offers homeowners an intriguing option-a landscape that resists fire and drought at the same time.

Long Beach Fills Underground Reservoir Account For Metropolitan; Stored Water Can Supply 8,600 Families For A Year

August 31, 2004

LOS ANGELES, CA - An aquifer under the City of Long Beach is becoming another reservoir available to benefit local residents, as well as the other 18 million people within the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The Long Beach Water Department has stored 13,000 acre-feet in the aquifer for Metropolitan, adding it to local groundwater and having it available for later use.

Regional Water Leader Elected President of Board of Water Commissioners

September 9, 2004

LONG BEACH, CA -Today the Board announced the election of Helen Z. Hansen as President of the Board of Water Commissioners.  She will begin serving her term at the Thursday, October 7, Board of Water Commissioners meeting held at the Brennan S. Thomas Water Administration Building, 1800 E. Wardlow.  Currently in her second term, Ms. Hansen was originally appointed to serve as a member of the Board in August 1996 by Long Beach Mayor, Beverly O'Neill.

Long Beach City Council Re-appoints Helen Hansen to Influential Water Board

December 7, 2004

LONG BEACH, CA - On Tuesday, December 7, the Long Beach City Council re-appointed Helen Z. Hansen, current President of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners, to the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California. She will begin serving her term at the Tuesday, January 11, 2005, Board of Directors meeting held at MWD Headquarters. Ms. Hansen was nominated by Mayor Beverly O'Neill.

Long Beach Water Substitutes Artificial Turf for Grass at Wardlow Road Administration Building; Demonstration Area is Conservation Reference for Area Homeowners and Landscape Professionals

LONG BEACH, CA - Today, the Long Beach Water Department completed the first installation of its artificial turf demonstration garden along the 1800 block of East Wardlow Road, at the Brennan S. Thomas Water Administration Building.