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West Basin Ocean Water Desalination Project Discussion at May 14th City Council Meeting

glass with drinking waterWest Basin Municipal Water District is a wholesale water agency that provides drinking water supply to about one million people in 17 cities in Southern California and parts of unincorporated Los Angeles County. Culver City is located with West Basin's service area. 

West Basin has proposed an Ocean Water Desalination Project (Project) which would serve as a local water source in its diverse water supply portfolio. This Project seeks to address growing concerns about reliable water supply due to drought, climate change, and unregulated use of groundwater by considering ocean water desalination as a drinking supply.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), West Basin has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to detail any significant environmental impacts the project could produce. At the moment, the draft EIR is undergoing the 90-day public review and comment period, which will end on June 25, 2018. A final EIR will be prepared after West Basin reviews comments, prepares responses, and incorporates revisions. 

At the May 14, 2018 City Council meeting, representatives from West Basin provided a brief overview of their proposed project and answered  questions. Representatives from a local environmental group, Desal Response Group, also presented and provided an overview of concerns related to the project.

Visit the West Basin Ocean Water Desalination webpage to learn more about the project, read the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), learn about their public meetings, and provide your comment about the proposed project on their webpage

At this time, the City of Culver City has not submitted any public comments about the project. 

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