Santa Monica Draws Line in the Sand on Water Infrastructure Innovation

Late this summer, Santa Monica will bring online one of the most innovative water infrastructure projects around, a project that will transform our downtown’s impact on the environment, the nearshore waters of the Santa Monica Pier and the way we think about sourcing water for our community for generations to come.

Yes, one project can do all that - it is called the Clean Beaches Project.

The Clean Beaches Project will capture rainwater flowing off the downtown and divert it to a 1.6-million-gallon cistern located adjacent to the Pier. Salty groundwater found under and around the cistern will be added to the mix, and the blended water will be treated, and distributed for irrigation and toilet flushing in what is called a purple pipe system for non-potable uses. 

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