City of Lomita Completes Fourteen Water Infrastructure Tours in 2019, Announces Tour Schedule for 2020

Nearly 100 Lomita Residents Gain First-Hand Look at Cypress Water Production Facility

The City of Lomita completed its fourteenth public tour of the Cypress Water Production Facility on December 21, wrapping up the City’s Water Infrastructure Tour program for 2019. The City announced that the program, which launched in October 2019, will continue into 2020 with tours scheduled to take place one Tuesday and one Saturday each month.

A total of 95 members of the public participated in tours of the Cypress Water Production Facility in 2019. The tours attracted a variety of citizens, ranging from adults well versed about water systems to children interested in learning about how our water is treated and delivered in Lomita.

Lomita residents who participated in the tour appreciated the City’s efforts to be proactive and transparent by welcoming the public to tour the facility.

I think it’s a great idea [for the City to invite residents to the facility],” said Lomita resident Adam Melendez, who participated in a City Water Infrastructure Tour on December 21. “The City actually cares what we think about the water system, and it’s also a pretty modern system and that’s good to know.”

Water Infrastructure Tour Dec. 21

Lomita residents tour the Cypress Water Production Facility on December 21, 2019.

The Water Infrastructure Tour program provides a forum for residents to get answers to some common water questions and to discuss the City’s water supply and upcoming projects and programs. During each tour, participants and City staff discuss important issues including the detection of benzene at the Cypress Water Production Facility and a pollution plume investigation being conducted by Hi-Shear Corporation of Torrance.

“The City launched the Water Infrastructure Tour program to give residents a first-hand look at our water system and to address citizens’ questions related to our water. We achieved those goals in 2019, and I’m proud of the program’s success so far,” said City Manager Ryan Smoot. “We are excited to continue the tour program in 2020, and I encourage our residents to come participate.  The more we can engage with our residents on these important topics, the better we can meet their needs going forward.”

Water Infrastructure Tours will be conducted each month in 2020, alternating between a Tuesday and a Saturday tour date to best accommodate residents’ diverse schedules. Tentative 2020 tour dates are as follows:

  • January 21 (Tuesday, 3:30 PM)
  • February 15 (Saturday, 10:00 AM)
  • March 10 (Tuesday)
  • April 18 (Saturday)
  • May 12 (Tuesday)
  • June 20 (Saturday)
  • July 14 (Tuesday)
  • August 15 (Saturday)
  • September 8 (Tuesday)
  • October 17 (Saturday)
  • November 10 (Tuesday)
  • December 19 (Saturday)

To register for a tour, visit or contact the City’s Public Works Department at 310-325-7110 x155. For the most up to date and accurate information about the Lomita water system, visit

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