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Santa Monica on Track to Water Self-Sufficiency

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By Lookout Staff
July 16, 2013 -- Santa Monica could rely solely on own water by 2020 if it continues maximizing its use of local water supplies and implementing water-efficiency programs, City officials said Monday.
Currently, the City’s modern groundwater treatment facilities meet up to 75 percent of the city’s water needs, with the balance made up by imported water, said Gil Borboa, the City’s water resources manager.

The Sustainable Water Master Plan, which the City Council has signed off on – “outlines water-saving measures and maximizing the use of local groundwater, stormwater and recycled water as part of the blueprint for water independence,” Borboa said.

“The Plan Water-efficiency is the most critical element of the effort,” he said. “To achieve the Plan’s goals, all sectors of the community will have to reduce water use.”

To achieve the goal, each resident’s daily use would need to drop by an average of 11 gallons per day -- from the current average of 134 gallons per day to 123 gallons per day by the year 2020, Borboa said. This would save a total of as much as 4,000 gallons per resident each year.

The Plan also includes programs for businesses that are expected to save more than 128 million gallons each year, officials said.

As an incentive to save water, the City is “offering rebates for residents and businesses for landscaping, toilets, urinals, clothes washers, laundromat washers, sprinkler timers, ice machines and more,” Borboa said.

Santa Monica’s is the most ambitious plan of any of the more than 350 Southern California urban water management plans analyzed in a recent study by the National Resources Defense Council.

Santa Monica and the City of Camarillo, Ventura County Water District 1, Long Beach Water Department and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are expected to collectively reduce water imports by 40 billion gallons annually by 2035, officials said. Santa Monica is expected to achieve a 100 percent reduction.

“This analysis clearly demonstrates that water sustainability and self-reliance can be achieved,” Borboa said. “Investment in improved water treatment facilities, aggressive management of local water resources and working with residents and businesses to take long term water-efficient actions are the keys to the City of Santa Monica’s future water self-sufficiency success.”

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