State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Marina del Rey) has been honored as Legislator of the Year by the West Basin Municipal Water District.

Officials at the water district say Lieu has been a supporter of West Basin’s water recycling and conservation legislation and programs since his election to the legislature in 2005. The public agency provides drinking and recycled water to communities in southwest Los Angeles County.

“Water conservation and preparing today for tomorrow’s needs is a top priority,” Lieu said. “I look forward to continuing my work with the West Basin Municipal Water District to raise public awareness about the need for recycling and water conservation.”

A supporter of West Basin’s Water Reliability 2020 program since it began in 2008, Lieu has been a staunch advocate for the use of recycled water and conservation throughout California and has been a leader in promoting green technology through his “green building standards” legislation, water district officials noted.

Last year, Lieu supported West Basin’s election to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, on which the agency currently serves.

He has also opposed threats to the uniform replenishment rate in the West Coast and Central basins, according to the district.

“Sen. Lieu is a true champion of water issues for the coastal L.A. area and understands the need to diversify water supplies to ensure future water reliability for the region,” said West Basin district board President Donald L. Dear.