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Santa Monica Park Stormwater Project to Be Unveiled Tuesday


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May 22, 2017 -- A more than $2 million stormwater project that will further Santa Monica's goal of "moving toward water self-sufficiency" will be unveiled at Los Amigos Park on Tuesday, City officials announced last week.

A collaboration with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the new system captures stormwater from an existing storm drain line and stores it in a cistern below ground.

The water is then treated "on demand" and used it to irrigate the park's fields and flush its toilets, officials said ("Santa Monica Set to Invest More Than $2 million To Tap Stormwater," May 6, 2016).

The project, which was financed by a grant from MWD and the Clean Beaches & Ocean Parcel Tax (Measure V), is expected to save an estimated 550,000 gallons of drinking water a year and "protect the water quality of the bay," officials said.

"This project marks another first in infrastructure advancement," City officials said in a statement last week announcing the opening.

"Los Amigos is the first retrofit project to harvest offsite wet and dry weather runoff from an adjacent, existing storm drain for multiple beneficial uses."

The project, which will be unveiled during National Public Works Week, is another step in the City's long-term 2020 Sustainable Water Master Plan and will serve as a model for other projects.

"It will provide results on design, installation, and operation, which will be relevant and transferable to other projects and help break down barriers to local water resource development," City officials said.

"More specifically, data on water volumes harvested, treated and used, and on water quality of influent and end-use water, will be collected and shared with watershed and water management professionals in government, academia, and business."

An opening ceremony will be held Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Los Amigis Park, 500 Hollister Avenue, adjacent to John Muir Elementary and SMASH.

There will be a dedication “watering” and project tour. Those attending should wear low heels.

Street parking is available, but walking, bicycling, and riding the Big Blue Bus line are encouraged.

Parks are wheelchair accessible and welcome persons of all abilities. For special accommodations, please contact 310.458.8688 or TTY 310.458.8696. To RSVP click here.


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