As Santa Monica progresses towards achieving their citywide goal to become completely self-sufficient in their water sourcing, the city has recently introduced its new water reuse system at Santa Monica’s Los Amigos Park.
As Santa Monica progresses towards achieving their citywide goal to become completely self-sufficient in their water sourcing, the city has recently introduced its new water reuse system that will be put to use at Los Amigos Park this week. The system will aid in the city’s efforts towards self-sufficiency by collecting rainwater and runoff that naturally flows to the site for recycling and reuse at various locations throughout the park.
The water will be treated at the site at which it is collected, and will then be distributed throughout the park to be used as water for flushing toilets and maintaining the lawn and gardens. As the city continues to pioneer dry weather runoff recycling and reuse collected from sprinklers and other sources of runoff, authorities are hopeful that their efforts will prompt other cities will install the systems and be compelled to follow suit.
The city’s initiative took off after Dean Kubani, Santa Monica’s chief sustainability officer, shed light on the shortfalls of the city’s current method of acquiring water. Dependent on imports from the Colorado River and water resources in Northern California, Mr. Kubani expresses that these means of sourcing are both unsustainable and capable of making a significant negative impact on the bodies of water from which they are acquiring the majority of their water.
The city is hopeful of the promise offered by the new system that is processing an average of 500,000 gallons of water each day. The water has already had the ability to sustain a variety of local parks, cemeteries, and buildings capable of utilizing recycled water.
The project has overcome quite a few obstacles in that the city’s guidelines for water treatment had to be modified and adapted to allow the new method of collection and treatment. The new system utilizes an already present drain to collect the water runoff, and the water is then treated first by a filtration process, and then by UV treatment in order to rid the resulting water from potentially harmful pathogens that could jeopardize the health of any living body that might come into contact with it. Nearing purity of drinking water, the water is successfully treated and reused for use in flushing toilets and irrigation systems.
The project is overseen by the city and the Santa Monica-Malibu School District, offering a great opportunity for education, continued innovation and a step in the right direction towards the city’s goal of total water self-sufficiency. Offering new application for water recycling from outdoor to indoor use, Santa Monica’s water recycling and reuse project is turning heads and sure to make new strides widespread in neighboring cities.
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