BEVERLY HILLS—The City of Beverly Hills will be hosting the groundbreaking ceremony for two wells that will tap into the shallow groundwater on Tuesday, January 26. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. and a shuttle will be provided that will depart from the Crescent Drive entrance to City Hall at 1:15 p.m. at 366 Foothill Rd.

According to a press release from the City of Beverly Hills, the project will develop a possible new source of water by drilling two shallow groundwater wells and piping the raw water to the City’s water treatment plant.

Water from those wells will be tested for approximately 1 year. The results from the water testing will be given to the State of California Department of Drinking Water for evaluation as a source of drinking water for residents.

If the water meets the state’s quality standards, the wells will supplement the City’s local supply, which will reduce Beverly Hills reliance on imported water. The water has been an untapped resource since the City was established. Beverly Hill is hoping to utilize the water to increase water reliability and to strengthen the City’s own water supply.

The Westside Cities Pollution Prevention will be conducting a Water Quality & Conservation Workshop with Rain Barrel Distribution on Sunday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Public Works Service Building on the 1st Floor located at 345 Foothill Rd.

The workshop will discuss water conservation efforts, storm water protection and a tutorial will be conducted on how to properly use rain barrels, which are available for purchase.

Rain barrel usage is beneficial for homeowners, the environment and the community. They help homeowners save money on water bills as they provide a free water source for irrigation. They also decrease the level of rainwater runoff from roofs, which can pollute waterways with fertilizers, pesticides and other contaminants.