One of the most ambitious plans to be 100% water self-sufficient (Water Self-Sufficiency Plan 2020), 2012
Santa Monica, CA
HOW IT CAN BENEFIT YOU
People in Santa Monica pay more for water because a lot of it is imported. So Santa Monica created the Water Self Sufficiency Plan to increase local groundwater and recycled water, capture and use rainwater, reuse graywater, create more stringent plumbing and building codes, and reduce leaks and improve the water system.
WHY IT'S A LEADING PROGRAM
It's one of the most ambitious urban water management plans out of more than 350 Southern California cities.
Reduce water use 20% and be 100% water self-sufficient by 2020.
WHO CAN TAKE ACTION
Businesses and residents.
As of 2014, Santa Monica surpassed its goal and almost reduced water use by 25%.
Large water users include St. John’s Medical Center, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, and laundry facilities. Santa Monica helps them retrofit cooling towers, faucets, toilets, plumbing fixtures, and replacing washing machines and more.
The City plans to add a 1.6 million gallon cistern starting 2016 capture storm water, treat it, then use it to flush toilets or water landscapes (instead of using potable water).
Dean Kubani, Manager of Office of Sustainability and the Environment, City of Santa Monica, 310-458-8703, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 15, 2015