City of Santa Monica to Hold Groundbreaking Event for Clean Beaches Project

Project will improve water quality around the Pier and will conserve groundwater

September 13, 2017

City of Santa Monica to Hold Groundbreaking Event for Clean Beaches Project

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The City of Santa Monica will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction for the Santa Monica Clean Beaches Project, which is one of several innovative water conservation projects the City is embarking on. The project entails constructing an underground tank capable of collecting up to 1.6 million gallons of stormwater runoff and brackish groundwater, which the City of Santa Monica will treat for non-potable reuse such as irrigation and toilet flushing. By repurposing stormwater and brackish groundwater, the City of Santa Monica could save up to 560 acre-feet of water per year, or the equivalent of 275 Olympic-size pools.

WHEN: Monday, September 18, 2017, 10:30-11:15 a.m. 

WHERE: Beach Lot 1, 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Media parking is available at Beach Lot 1. Media should present this advisory upon entry to the lot to receive a complimentary parking pass. Event check-in will be held from 9:45-10:15 a.m.

WHO: The press conference will include remarks from:

  • Mayor Ted Winterer
  • Assemblymember Richard Bloom
  • Jonathan Bishop, Chief Deputy Director for the State Water Resources Control Board
  • Tom Ford, Chairman of the Santa Monica Measure V Citizens Oversight Committee and Executive Director of The Bay Foundation

WHAT: Speakers will discuss how the Clean Beaches Project will help the City of Santa Monica:

  • reduce dependency on imported water,
  • provide drought resiliency through water reuse, and
  • improve beach water quality

The groundbreaking ceremony is the kickoff event for construction, which is anticipated to be completed by the summer of 2018. 

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