La Habra

CITY HISTORY

La Habra was founded in 1896. The first post office in the town was established in 1898 in a corner of Coy’s Store at Central (now La Habra Boulevard) and Euclid Street.

The city was incorporated under general law on January 20, 1925, with a population of 3,000. The police force was organized in 1926 and employed a chief, traffic officer, and patrolman. By 1928, the city was the largest avocado center in Southern California. In 1930, the first fire department building was constructed followed by the original City Hall in 1935. By 1950, the population reached nearly 5,000. The Civic Center took shape when the existing County Library was dedicated in 1966, followed by the present administration building in 1969.

For more than 70 years, La Habra was known as the city just south of La Habra Heights where the HAAS AVOCADO of the HAAS AVOCADO MOTHER TREE, was planted by Rudolph Hass in the 1920s. The fruit from this tree has since become one of the most popular avocado cultivars worldwide. The Hass Mother Tree succumbed to root rot in 2002.

WHERE DOES THE LA HABRA CITY WATER COME FROM?

La Habra drinking water is a blend of surface water imported by MWDSC, and groundwater imported from Cal Domestic and three wells within the City. Cal Domestic water originates from the Main San Gabriel groundwater basin. MWDSC’s imported water sources are the Colorado River and the State Water Project, which draws water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. City wells draw water from the La Habra Groundwater Basin.

ARE THERE CONTAMINANTS IN LA HABRA CITY WATER?

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the layers of the ground it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animal and human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff and residential uses.

Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment

plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations and wildlife.

Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production or mining activities.

Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining and farming.

Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gasoline stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application and septic systems.

SHOULD I DRINK AND BATHE WITH LA HABRA CITY WATER STRAIGHT FROM MY FAUCET?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised people, such as those with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have had organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly persons and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers.

The USEPA and the federal Centers for Disease Control guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from USEPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern Time (7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in California)- source: 2016 La Habra consumer confidence report0.

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Complete plumbing recommends installing a Catalytic Carbon Whole house water filtration system by Aqualistic Water Products to to remove most of the harmful chemicals in your city water, leaving you with bottled quality water at every faucet in your home.

LA HABRA PLUMBING TIPS

Fix leaky faucets. For every leak stopped, you can save 20 gallons of water per day.

Developawateringscheduleforyourirrigationsystem.To learn more, visit www.bewaterwise.com/calculator.html.

Use native plants in your landscaping. Planting and maintaining beautiful California native and water-friendly plants can save between 1,000 and 1,800 gallons per month.

Installahighefficiencytoiletorclotheswasher.A temporary rebate program is still available. Other rebates are also available for sprinklers and artificial turf. To learn more, visitwww.ocwatersmart.com.

MWDSC has its own water conservation website. To find out more information on water-saving plants and other useful tips, visit www.bewaterwise.com.source: 2016 La Habra consumer confidence report. https://www.lahabracity.com/DocumentCenter/View/7789/2018-Water-Quality-Report?bidId=

 

LA HABRA RESIDENTS should make sure that their plumbing systems are in good working order and are leak-free. This is important, not only for saving money on your water bill and limiting damages to property, but it is our responsibility to provide clean fresh water for future generations.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

            Water Leaks:

  • Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water are lost annually due to household leaks. That’s equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • The average household can waste more than 10,000 gallons each year due to correctable leaks. That’s enough to wash 270 loads of laundry!
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day! Common sources include toilets, faucets, showerheads, and landscape irrigation. But you should also consider less obvious sources of leaks: water heaters, ice makers, dishwashers, and filtration systems. Many of these are easily correctable, and fixing them can save about 10 percent on the average water bill.
  • Be sure to check your toilet for leaks at least once a year. Put food coloring in the tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. And if your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
  • Remember, one drip a second adds up to five gallons lost per day!
    So regularly check your faucets and showerheads, as well as all hoses and connectors.
  • Many household leaks can be solved with simple tools and a little education — and fortunately, Do-It-Yourselfers have access to multiple resources. But even if you must pay for repairs, you will still save money in the long run. For more information on water conservation, visit ocwatersmart.com.
  • Complete plumbing provides leak detection of even the smallest amount of water which could prevent costly water bills and possible damage due to water leaks
  • Complete plumbing utilizes automatic water shut off valves that detect leaks, automatically shuts off the water to your home then sends you an alert via a smartphone app. You can turn the water on and off, monitor water usage and temperature right from your phone!

 

LA HABRA DRAINAGE SYSTEM

The City of La Habra’s sewer collection system is made up of a network of gravity sewers. The gravity system consists of approximately 125 miles of pipe and 2,680 manholes and cleanouts. There are approximately 13,505 laterals connected to the system. The sewers are primarily constructed of vitrified clay pipe with sizes ranging from 6-inches to 24-inches in diameter. Approximately 85 percent of the pipes are 8-inches in diameter.

Water collected within the City of La Habra is treated by the Orange County District (with the exception of a small amount treated by the Los Angeles County Sanitation District). The Orange County Sanitation District sewerage system collects wastewater through an extensive system of gravity flow sewers, pump stations, and pressurized sewers (force mains). The sewer system consists of 12 trunk sewer systems ranging in size from 12 to 96 inches in diameter and collectively over 500 miles long. Additionally, there are 39 sewer interconnections and 87 diversions to maximize the conveyance of flows through the system. Twenty pump stations are used to pump sewage from lower-lying areas to the treatment plants.

Wastewater is collected and treated by the Orange County Sanitation District and made available to agencies that are capable of utilizing recycled water for beneficial uses. Currently, it is not economical to treat wastewater at the Orange County Sanitation District and pump the reclaimed water from the advanced treatment plants to the City of La Habra. However, the use of wastewater by downstream agencies allows the reallocation of potable water to the City of La Habra that cannot directly take advantage of reclaimed water use.

While La Habra recognizes the potential uses of recycled water in its community, such as landscape irrigation, parks, industrial and other uses, the OCWD does not have the recycled water infrastructure to support the use of recycled water. The cost-effectiveness analyses that have been conducted throughout the years regarding recycled water infrastructure have not shown beneficial.

 

All of La Habra’s rainwater runoff drains into the Coyote Creek, which is a principal tributary of the San Gabriel River. The San Gabriel River empties into the Pacific Ocean in Seal Beach. Many residents are not aware that La Habra has 2 drainage systems:

  • Sanitary Sewers: These drain the pipes connected to your sinks, bathrooms, washing machines, etc. They carry waste to a sewage treatment plant where the water is cleaned and then reused or discharged into the ocean away from beaches.
  • Storm Drain System: The storm drain system begins at the curb gutter in the street. The sole purpose of the storm drains is to quickly carry rainwater out to the ocean to prevent flooding. Storm drain water is not treated or filtered like the wastewater in the sanitary sewer system. As a result, any urban pollution entering the system is discharged directly to the ocean.
  • The Orange County wastewater treatment facilities are quite advanced but are not designed to remove or destroy pharmaceutical chemicals. The long-term health effects of these medicines on aquatic life and humans are still not certain, but we know that some risks exist. Some drugs, such as antibiotics, can help microorganisms to develop immunities making them more resistant to treatment. The best plan of action is to make sure no drugs go down the drain at all. Disposing of old medications and drugs is easy for La Habra residents. In conjunction with National Prescription Take Back Day, the La Habra Police Department conducts 2 events each year, 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall, where residents can turn in unused prescription medication.
  • Most La Habra homes have just one main sewer pipe that connects the sewer system from their house to the city’s main sewer system. Homeowners are required to maintain that sewer pipe up to and including the middle of the street and may be responsible for repair costs should a problem occur.
  • Complete Plumbing has the capability to use a sewer drain camera and location device to inspect sewer lines for breaks, cracks root intrusions. This simple examination of your sewer system may save thousands of dollars in repair costs.

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