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Last week, the city of Long Beach became one of the first cities in the US to implement a graywater pilot program. City Council passed a “Laundry to Landscape” pilot program I proposed that will further Long Beach’s reputation as one of the cities with the best conservation record in the nation. Efforts like this program can help us fundamentally change the way we look at water as something precious to be conserved and reused when possible, as opposed to something cheap that can be wasted or disposed of.  
I want to thank the Water Board, my fellow Councilmembers, and City staff for putting together a program that will allow us to gather science on the most efficient use of graywater. I am confident that in the future, recycling household water from washing machines (and other sources) to water our backyard plants, instead of using fresh potable water, will seem as natural as recycling cans does today. 
Additionally, on Monday, I agendized an item requesting the city manager to explore options for water-saving urinals. By installing water-saving technologies of this type we can save millions of gallons of water a year while also saving taxpayer dollars– a great example of how going green often means “saving green” as well. I will continue to explore ways to save taxpayer dollars while putting us at the forefront of green technology.
Finally, there are a couple of great events coming up this week I wanted to remind you about. On Friday, April 1, I continue the First Books at First Fridays series.  Bring your kids to join City Manager Pat West and me as we read books at Dana Library at 5:30pm. We’ll also have magician Presto the Digitator performing and a free magic surprise for all kids in attendance. On Saturday, April 2, the Cal Heights Neighborhood Association and I will be hosting a clean-up of California Gardens, a potential future regional park near California and Willow (the parking entrance is at California and 27th). We’ll be meeting at 9am for a brief tour before we join Litter Free Long Beach to clean up trash on the site.

James Johnson
Long Beach City Council
District 7

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