By Daniel Larios
August 15, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council approved more than $2.3 million in expenses Tuesday, including funding for treat water, update buses and remove graffiti.
The Council also voted to approve Downtown Santa Monica Inc’s Budget and Work Plan for the upcoming fiscal year, convey city property to Metro for construction of an Expo Rail station and approve an agreement with Heal the Bay to provide educational programming for Santa Monica schools.
The biggest expenditure was $800,000 to Kansas-based engineering firm Black and Veatch to conduct a pilot study of the different treatment technologies available to produce drinking water from the ground water reserves located in the Olympic sub basin.
The Olympic Well Field is one of three wells fields owned and managed by the City and is located in an area formerly occupied by a number of industrial companies, many of which used volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other industrial contaminants.
As a result, contaminant releases from these companies have led to the increased presence of VOCs in the groundwater.
In order to produce drinking water from the groundwater wells, treatment is needed to remove the contaminants.
“Several technologies currently used in California, including nano-filtration, reverse osmosis, advanced oxidation, ultraviolet light, ozone and peroxide, and biofiltration, have the potential to meet the City’s water quality goals,” according to the staff report.
“This pilot study would allow staff to test combinations of various technologies’ efficiency in treating water from the Olympic sub basin.”
The study would conclude with a final report describing criteria for the design, construction, and operation of an Olympic Treatment Plant.
The Council also voted to set aside $550,000 divided between two council items to provide needed maintenance and upgrades to the City’s fleet of transit buses.
Out of the $550,000 approved by council, $300,000 will be allocated to Los Angeles-based American Moving Parts for the purchase and delivery of brake reline kits for the city’s buses.
“The brake reline kits would provide all necessary parts and hardware to facilitate the complete refurbishment of the brake assembly,” according to staff. “The kits would ensure that the braking systems… operate at optimum efficiency and perform at an ‘as new condition.’”
The remaining $250,000 will go to Clean Energy to provide maintenance, repair, service and parts for the Liquefied Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fueling station.
The LCNG fuel system dispenses approximately 3,250,000 gallons of LCNG per year to each of its 189 buses.
“LCNG fuel systems incorporate very sensitive and costly components, some of which require lead times of up to four months to replace,” said Transit Maintenance Officer Getty Modica.
“Many of the components would be warehoused to minimize downtime due to the essential operation of the fueling site.”
The Council also voted to allocate $200,000 to North Hollywood-based Graffiti Control Systems to provide supplemental graffiti removal services for the City for three years.
The City removes some 32,000 instances of graffiti a year. However, some graffiti is too difficult to remove, according to city staff.
In these instances, the City contracts with outside agencies remove them with pressure washing.