Culver City Edition Lead Story

L.A. breaks ground on water treatment facility

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti joined City Councilman Mike Bonin and the Los Angeles Board of Public Works to break ground June 30 on a new underground water treatment facility that will conserve 108,000 gallons of potable water every day by capturing and recycling stormwater for irrigation.

The water treatment facility at Penmar Park will allow stormwater to be captured and used to irrigate the Venice area park, its golf course and Marine Park in Santa Monica.

The $23.6 million project is the second phase of the stormwater capture system. The first phase involved the construction of the tank.

The funding for the treatment facility comes from the $500 million Proposition O bond measure that was approved in 2004 for clean water projects. The system is expected to be completed in 2017.

“Securing our future against drought means taking every step we can to conserve water now,” Garcetti said. “By capturing and reusing stormwater for irrigation, the Penmar Park Water Quality Improvement Project will help us reduce our dependence on imported water, and give us a model for stormwater projects in L.A. for years to come.”

“Every drop of water we conserve is a down payment on a sustainable future,” Bonin said. “By collecting, treating and reusing water here at Penmar, we are showing what that sustainable future can look like throughout Los Angeles and California. I am very proud to work with Mayor Garcetti to make L.A. a leader in water conservation and forward-thinking environmental stewardship.”

“This project is a great example of what can be done when departments collaborate to achieve water conservation and cleaner rivers, lakes, and beaches,” said Heather Repenning, a member of the Public Works Commission.