The California Office of Emergency Management (CalOES) has officially awarded the City of Lomita over $1.1 million in funding for the 247th Street Area Water Main Replacement Project under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
This program provides assistance soley for agencies with a FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plan, and projects must demonstrate an effort to reduce future losses caused by disasters.
The project will replace existing pipes that are nearly 100 years old with brand new PVC materials. Pipelines that run through 12 private properties will be relocated to the public right-of-way, reducing the risk of potential water damage to private properties and upgrading the City’s infrastructure.
Not only will this help improve water quality, but water supply apparatuses, such as fire hydrants, service laterals, and valves, will also be upgraded and installed during the replacement process.
The project extends from 246th Street, briefly loops into the City of Los Angeles along Western Avenue, and continues along 247th Street, 247th Place, 248th Street, and Lomita Boulevard.
“Due to COVID-19, the application process has been quite extensive. Our team has been working diligently with both FEMA and CalOES to get these funds for our community, and I am extremely pleased to see this process finally come to fruition,” said Lomita Mayor Mark Waronek. “Grants like this help us make even more improvements to our water system while keeping rates as low as possible for our residents. That’s why we work so hard to pursue these outside funding opportunities whenever we can.”
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