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Water Neutrality
Water Neutrality (WN) is a water conservation tool that eliminates, or “neutralizes”, the impact of building development on the City’s overall water demand. In other words, WN allows development to occur without increasing the amount of water used City-wide.

WN is a critical tool for achieving Water Self-Sufficiency by 2023 (i.e. no imported water, just local groundwater). This, in turn, will increase the resiliency of our water supply from drought and climate change and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from importing water (all part of the City's Climate Action and Adaptation Plan).

The Water Neutrality Ordinance was passed by the City Council on May 23, 2017, went into effect on July 1, 2017, and is incorporated into the Santa Monica Municipal Code (7.16.050).

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Santa Monica water customers can receive high-efficiency toilets free of charge through the City’s Water Neutrality Direct Install Program.
Questions? Call 866-800-2307

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Last updated: Tuesday, 09/24/2019
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