On November 28, 2018, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to transition the City to local water by 2023. The vote represents a serious commitment to sustainability from a City that was 100 percent reliant on imported water as recently as the 1990s. In addition to investing upwards of $120 million dollars in water infrastructure projects, the City of Santa Monica also committed to reducing consumer demand through aggressive conservation measures.
Mark Gold, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge leader and Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Eric Hoek, professor of environmental engineering and Program Director for the Industrial Affiliates Program, and Robert Lempert, director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition and professor of policy analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School, assisted the City of Santa Monica with the ambitious effort.
Mark Gold, who is also head of the Santa Monica Task Force on the Environment, told the Santa Monica Daily Press, “I cannot think of another city in Southern California that has gone from 100 percent imported water to self-sufficiency, and that’s what’s so extraordinary about this plan.” The City of Santa Monica will be the first in the state to transition to local water: a goal of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) for the entire county. The ordinance demonstrates that the SLA GC goal to achieve local water is attainable.
To learn more, visit the Santa Monica Daily Press.