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City of Santa Monica
City of Santa MonicaCity of Santa Monica
Utilities Division
Dept. of Environmental and Public Works Management
1212 5th Street - Third Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8286
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Water Resources Manager: Gilbert Borboa
Representatives on Metropolitan board: Judy Abdo
Joined Metropolitan: December 1928
Service area: 8.05 square miles
Water sources for area served
Local: 50%
Metropolitan: 50%
Water served
Municipal & Industrial: 100%
Agricultural: 0%
Number of water purveyors the
district wholesales water to:

Population: 90,000


Santa Monica is a founding member of the Metropolitan Water District.

The City completed construction of new treatment facilities in 2010 to address MTBE contamination which had shut down 7 of its 11 wells since 1996.  A Granular Activated Carbon treatment facility was constructed at the City’s Charnock well field to remove MTBE, and upgrades were constructed at the City’s Arcadia treatment plant to provide Reverse Osmosis filtration.  Fluoridation is also provided at Arcadia.

As of mid-calendar year 2012, Santa Monica is producing approximately 50% of its water demand from local wells, and is working towards full utilization of existing groundwater supply which is capable of providing 70% of the city’s demand. 

Santa Monica has embarked on an ambitious plan to further reduce its reliance on imported water through enhancements in local supply as well as continued aggressive demand management strategies, with a goal of achieving water self-sufficiency by the year 2020.

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Page updated: June 15, 2012