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Water Neutrality Training - Pool and Pond Session

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Water Neutrality is a code that caps water use for new developments by limiting the project to the historical use for that individual parcel. On July 1, 2017, the Water Neutrality Ordinance went into effect for new developments (residential and commercial) and new and enlarged pools, spas, ponds, and water features. To comply, applicants must design their project to be as water-efficient as possible so that it will not use more water than the 5 year historical use (baseline) of the development site. The applicant will calculate how much water it is projected to use each year using the City of Santa Monica’s Water Neutrality Calculators which is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: function of space, indoor use, landscape and irrigation, and pools, spas, ponds, or water features. If the projected water use is equal to or less than the baseline, then the project is in compliance with the Water Neutrality Ordinance. If the projected water use is greater than the baseline, this difference is called the “new water demand.” To comply with the ordinance, the new development will need to rethink its design or offset the additional water demand somewhere else in the city by using the City Direct Install Option and/or the Developer Installation Option. The costs associated with offsetting a project’s new water demand depends on many factors and will vary from project to project.

The Water Neutrality Calculations have a direct impact on pools, spas, ponds, and water features sizes. This training will address these impacts so pool contractors understand how to comply with water neutrality and learn the step-by-step instructions on how to submit a water neutrality calculator and how to choose an offset requirement option.

This training is specific to pools, spas, ponds, and water features regarding Water Neutrality compliance. This training is specifically for pool and pond contractors. Please note, we will also be holding training sessions specifically to focus on how water neutrality impacts landscape and a general fact session. The complete list of the water neutrality training series is below, registration is required. Limited space is available for each session. Light refreshments will be provided.

- Water Neutrality Training - General Session: 8/23at 12:30pm REGISTER HERE

- Water Neutrality Training – Pool & Pond Session - 8/29 at 12:30pm REGISTER HERE

- Water Neutrality Training - Landscape Session for Landscape Designers - 9/12 at 1:00pm REGISTER HERE

- Water Neutrality Training - General Session - 9/13 at 12:30pm REGISTER HERE

- Water Neutrality Training - Pool & Pond Session - 9/19 at 1:00pm REGISTER HERE

- Water Neutrality Training - Landscape Session for Landscape Contractors - 9/20 at 1:00pm REGISTER HERE

For more information on the water neutrality ordinance, please visit us at sustainablesm.org/water

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