West Valley Water District Earth Day Celebration Draws Over 1,000 Attendees
Rialto, Calif. –West Valley Water District (WVWD) celebrated Earth Day with a celebration and open house on Saturday, April 22, drawing over 1,000 local residents, vendors and elected officials to its headquarters in Rialto.
During the free event, attendees visited booths hosted by various WVWD departments to learn about water conservation, the water treatment process and potential careers in the water industry.
“At West Valley Water District, we truly believe that every day is Earth Day, but we were proud to join people worldwide in celebrating our Earth. We’re grateful to all of our residents who participated in our event,” said WVWD Board President Greg Young. “The goal of our event was to provide a space for education, fun and community gathering. I truly hope that families in the Inland Empire walked away with increased knowledge on how to better protect our planet and our water.”
Alongside the WVWD booths, several local agencies, businesses and non-profits also hosted booths and provided community members with additional information and resources. Attendees enjoyed free In-N-Out Burger, live entertainment from local dance groups and a reptile demonstration provided by SoCal Jungle.
Since 1970, Earth Day has united people worldwide —1 billion in 2023—to raise awareness about environmental issues. Earth Day provides WVWD with an additional opportunity to educate Inland Empire community residents and families about water conservation and its work to provide clean and safe water.
“As both a mother and a professional in the water industry, I see a growing need to educate our future generations on protecting and preserving our Earth’s most precious resource,” said WVWD Division 1 Director Angela Garcia. “It was amazing to see so many young water stewards actively engaged and learning about how to better manage their water use.”
WVWD’s Earth Day event was funded through the generous contributions of several local organizations, who played an essential role in supporting the event. The sponsors for this year’s event included JPMorgan Chase Bank, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, PCL Construction and Therma-Pro Mechanical Services Inc.
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The West Valley Water District has proudly served the Southern California communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Jurupa Valley since 1952. Through name changes and consolidation, the mission has always remained the same: to provide customers with safe, high quality, and reliable water service at a reasonable rate and in a sustainable manner. The District provides water for about 98,000 customers and is overseen by a five-member, publicly elected Board of Directors.