Downey High School Shines at Solar Cup by Joseph Legaspi Jun 4, 2019 Member Submitted News COMMERCE – The Central Basin Municipal Water District is proud to announce Downey High School’s success at this year’s Solar Cup Competition at Lake Skinner in Temecula, California. Central Basin Municipal Water District had the opportunity to sponsor a local high school at the annual event, hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Downey High School achieved first place for a Veteran Team in the Central and Bay Region for their Public Service Message and second place for a Veteran Team in the Central and Bay Region in the 200–Meter Sprint. “Central Basin is a proud long-time supporter of the Solar Cup competition and of our local high schools with whom we have partnered with for several years” said Central Basin Board President Robert Apodaca. “Solar Cup is a key opportunity for our youth to gain valuable skills and experience as they learn about our environment and the potential for a career in the water industry.” The Solar Cup Competition is the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition. The experience provides students from five counties in Southern California with the opportunity to build and race solar powered boats. In addition to the valuable skill of teamwork, students develop their skills in math and science as well as learning about natural resources. This year, 40 teams and 750 students participated in the Competition. ### Central Basin is a public agency that wholesales imported water to cities, mutual water companies, investor-owned utilities and private companies in southeast Los Angeles County, serving a population of 1.7 million. In addition, Central Basin provides the region with recycled water for municipal, commercial and industrial uses. Formed in 1952, Central Basin is committed to ensuring a safe and reliable water supply for the region.