Water and Wastewater (Sewer) Rates

Water is a critical resource we all count on daily. We must continue to invest in our water and wastewater system to ensure residents and businesses continue to receive safe, reliable, and high-quality water.

Santa Monica has embarked on a five-year water and wastewater rate study to develop a financial plan that will ensure Santa Monica continues to have a well-maintained water system, keep water bills low over time, and achieve our goal of water self-sufficiency by 2023.

While Santa Monica has done an amazing job conserving water and decreasing our reliance on imported water, we need to continue investing in the City’s water system to acheive water self-sufficiency, ensure water delivery, and prevent infrastructure failures. This not only diversifies and protects Santa Monica against the risk of service interruptions in the event of an earthquake or other disasters, but it allows us to have more control over the cost of water.

Outreach & Documents

Calendar of Events

November 5, 2019 - Community meeting with Wilshire Montana Coalition

  • Montana Branch Library: 1704 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
  • 7 p.m.

Novermber 14, 2019 - Open house meeting at Main Library

  • Multipurpose room: 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • 6 p.m.

November 18, 2019 - Open house meeting at Virginia Ave Park

  • Workshop 3: 2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
  • 7:30 p.m.

January 28, 2020 - City Council public hearing 

  • Civic Center East Wing: 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • 5:30 p.m.

Current and Future Water Sources

Santa Monica has a diverse range of water supply sources, including local groundwater, imported water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California purchased to supplement local supplies, water saved through the conservation efforts of our community, and an alternative water supply of treated runoff and stormwater used for toilet flushing and irrigation.

Santa Monica’s future water supply will be even more diverse, and drought-resilient as we march toward water self-sufficiency. One of the ways we plan to achieve water self-sufficiency is by maximizing water-efficiency, local groundwater and alternate water supplies, including stormwater capture. The City will no longer need to import water to meet our needs.

Contact Us

For questions or comments about Santa Monica's Water and Wastewater Rate Study, please contact the Water Resources Division:

(310) 458-8531 | water.resources@santamonica.gov

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