Despite what is going on in the world, Lomita water projects continue. The Water Replenishment District (WRD) approved the City of Lomita Granular Activated Carbon treatment project under the Safe Drinking Water Program (SDWP) and authorized the use of up to $2,000,000 in SDWP grant funds for the project.
The Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) project was originally planned to improve the aesthetic qualities of Lomita’s water and will also remove benzene – a constituent found in groundwater under Lomita last year. Since the benzene detection, the City’s only groundwater well has been offline and the City has been importing 100 percent of its water from the Metropolitan Water District (MWD). The GAC project will remove benzene and other constituents and allow the City to return to normal operations.
“The Water Replenishment District has been a great partner in bringing this project to life, and we appreciate their continued support,” said City Manager Ryan Smoot. “The GAC project is the result of grassroots input from our community and will help the City of Lomita move forward and continue to provide local, safe water for our residents and businesses all while reducing our dependence on costly imported water.”
WRD administers the SDWP to assist organizations in pumping water from wells where constituents have been detected. Wells are evaluated for assistance based on water quality data and production history. When assistance is deemed necessary, WRD and the pumping organization jointly develop a treatment solution for the subject well. The 2019 benzene detection in Lomita qualifies the GAC treatment project for the SDWP grant.
“The Water Replenishment District is proud that our Safe Drinking Water Program can assist cities like Lomita in treating groundwater to provide its residents clean, safe, reliable, and more affordable drinking water,” said WRD Board Director Rob Katherman. “This wellhead treatment project enables the City of Lomita to become drought-proof by operating a local well which is both sustainable and independent of water imported from the Sacramento Delta.”
Lomita residents are encouraged to continue to visit www.LomitaWater.com for answers to Frequently Asked Questions, water quality data and reports, and project updates.