Following a recommendation from the City Council Water Subcommittee, and after similar declarations from regional water providers, the Lomita City Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 2021-49, declaring a Drought Response Level 1 Shortage Alert during the regular City Council meeting on December 21, 2021.
Timeline of events leading up to the City’s action:
- November 9, 2021: Metropolitan Water District (MWD) declared a regional drought emergency and called for increased conservation.
- November 22, 2021: To ensure district member communities are able to maintain access to a reliable water supply, West Basin Municipal Water District escalated from a Shortage Level One to Shortage Level Three.
- December 1, 2021: The State’s Department of Water Resources announced a zero percent allocation of contracted water supplies in 2022 from the State Water Project.
As California continues to face unprecedented conditions surrounding state water resources, the City of Lomita is taking the necessary steps to conserve water. In accordance with the City’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan, adopted in May 2021, Stage 1 restrictions for a <10% water supply shortage are now in effect.
What this means for Lomita residents:
“The recent drought conditions highlight the City’s need to continue our focus on meeting our residents’ water needs locally without relying on importing it from elsewhere” said Mayor Cindy Segawa, “that is why our GAC project is so important – so our residents always have a safe and dependable source of drinking water even in times of drought.”
While the Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filtration project is underway, like many other communities in the area, Lomita is currently importing 100% of its water. Although Lomita’s water supply currently remains unaffected, the current drought conditions highlight the importance of the City’s GAC project, which will enable the City to return to a locally controlled source of water.
The City is committed to sharing information and helping community members understand where their water comes from. Residents are encouraged to visit www.LomitaWater.com to find all the latest water-related information and sign up for Lomita Water News Alerts.