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CARSON, Calif. -- Two Southern California water districts -- West Basin and Central Basin municipal water districts -- have become the first public agencies to adopt the universal symbol for recycled water.
At recent district board meetings held by both water agencies, board members voted unanimously to adopt the symbol to represent recycled water distributed by both districts throughout the South Bay and southeast Los Angeles County areas. Both water districts serve 2.4 million people in more than 40 cities throughout southern Los Angeles County.
The districts, along with an ad hoc committee representing a wide array of water users, spearheaded the creation of the symbol.
"Promoting the universal symbol for recycled water is a step toward worldwide acceptance of recycled water as an alternative water resource," said Central Basin Municipal Water District director, Richard F. Mayer.
"Recognizing the national and international importance of recycled water is essential to progressive and responsible resource management," added West Basin Municipal Water District Director R. Keith McDonald.
The universal symbol prototype was designed by Toni Pogue and Peter Tatikian of Heal the Bay, and was developed by an ad hoc committee comprised of an interdisciplinary group of professionals from the environmental, political, advertising, and commercial arenas in Southern California.
The committee reviewed numerous designs before agreeing to the symbol. In developing the symbol, members of the ad hoc committee considered such factors as clarity of message, universal understanding, aesthetic appeal, and ability to be used in a variety of sizes ranging from letterheads to billboards.
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