Smoky Hollow Specific Plan 2018 (web version)
3.6 Infrastructure Improvements
A cost-efficient and reliable infrastructure network is essential to serve any business community. Most of the existing infrastructure within Smoky Hollow—with the key exception of high-capacity and rapid speed telecommunications—is adequate to serve existing and future businesses, although it is aging and will require periodic upgrade and expansion. The City will focus its efforts on providing an adequate level of service to accommodate existing uses and projected growth. One key focus will be to identify solutions to create more sustainable infrastructure that relies on fewer natural resources.
The City of El Segundo manages and operates the domestic water system that serves the Smoky Hollow district. The City provides both potable and recycled water. The City obtains its potable water from a single source, purchased through the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD), which in turn receives the water through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Water lines exist within every street within the Specific Plan area, and
most water lines are six- and eight-inch lines. Larger water lines (ranging from 10 to 20 inches) run east-west along El Segundo Boulevard and north-south along Standard Street, Lomita Avenue, Illinois Street, and Sepulveda Boulevard. The City does not have any planned projects that will diversify or expand the available water supply. The City has determined that pumping groundwater is not a viable option for diversifying its water supply. Instead, the City anticipates that all potable water will be provided through WBMWD, which provides water of high quality from reliable sources. Due to the slow rising population and demand reduction requirements required by State law, projected water supply needs are expected to decrease from 2015 to 2035.
In addition to distributing potable water, El Segundo is part of WBMWD’s recycled water system. Recycled water is used for industrial applications (primarily the Chevron Refinery) and irrigation. New industrial customers are encouraged to connect to recycled water, thereby relieving any large demand on the City’s potable water supply. The City does not have any plans to expand its recycled water system, but WBMWD’s Capital Implementation Master Plan for Recycled Water Systems identifies expansions to its systems that will help increase reliability of both recycled and potable water service in El Segundo.
Overall, the City’s water system is well positioned to serve existing and future businesses within Smoky Hollow. To maintain adequate water supplies, new and expanded development will be encouraged to maximize efficient use of water resources through conservation, demand reduction, and water recycling. Projects will also be expected to incorporate water conservation best management practices.
The City’s Public Works Department, Wastewater Division operates and maintains the local wastewater system. El Segundo’s sewer lines, which are typically eight inches in diameter, are located throughout the Specific Plan area in public street rights-of-way. Force mains, which move wastewater under pressure by using pumps or compressors located in lift stations, are located on Center Street (north of Franklin Avenue), California Street (north of Holly Avenue), Kansas Street (between Grand Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard), and Franklin Avenue (between California and Kansas Streets). A future system capacity analysis conducted in 2014 found that the local system’s
pump stations have ample capacity to handle the estimated existing and future peak wet weather flows. Additional storage capacity and emergency generators were recommended for all pump stations within Smoky Hollow.
The City will support ongoing monitoring and maintenance of local sewer lines. Tracking planned infrastructure improvements and, as feasible, coordinating these with roadway improvements associated with implementation of this Specific Plan will also help minimize costs, street closures, and disturbances associated with construction.
3.6.3 Stormwater Drainage
Stormwater refers to precipitation and irrigation runoff that collects on streets and in gutters, along with any other particles and substances that the runoff carries along with it. Considerable stormwater volumes can be generated during a significant rain storm, potentially resulting in the runoff overwhelming the local collection and conveyance infrastructure. The City of El Segundo and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District provide the majority of drainage infrastructure within the City. The storm drain system is critical, as the Smoky Hollow area is highly developed and largely impervious. The continuous maintenance and improvement of stormwater quality are imperative for the protection of public health, wildlife, and watersheds. Through management and appropriately designed development, water pollution can be dramatically reduced.
Typically, storm drains are located along roadways and within large developments. Stormwater quality is a significant concern in Southern California, as stormwater runoff is a significant contributor to local and regional
pollution and the largest source of unregulated pollution to the waterway and coastal areas of the United States. Federal, State, and regional regulations require the control of pollutants discharged to the storm drain system on construction sites and areas of new development or significant redevelopment. Low-Impact Development (LID) principles can be applied to manage, reduce, and re-use stormwater runoff. These LID elements provide water quality treatment and delay stormwater runoff while enhancing the urban landscape.
The City will work with developers and property owners in Smoky Hollow to promote, approve, and implement designs that include the integration of LID strategies, including site designs that maximize permeable surface cover and infiltration potential.
Smoky Hollow benefits from an extensive utility network for power, gas, and telecommunications services. The area has not suffered from unusual service interruptions, and systems continue to provide energy and information to businesses and residents.
Electrical power is provided by Southern California Edison (SCE). SCE serves over 14 million people and covers an area of approximately 50,000 square miles across 180 cities. Natural gas is provided by the Gas Company (SoCal Gas), which serves 21.4 million customers in more than 500 cities. The area is currently fully served with electricity and natural gas. Periodic upgrades are funded by the service provider.
Stakeholders within the Smoky Hollow district have expressed concern that the area has limited access to high-speed internet services. Media, software, engineering, aerospace, and many emerging business sectors rely heavily on access to the internet. Fiber-optic systems in particular have played a crucial role in enabling broadband and Wi-Fi internet access by making transmission of information much more cost effective than copper wire technology. The current fiber optic network system primarily runs along El Segundo and Sepulveda Boulevards, with very limited access points within the Specific Plan area. El Segundo approved funding for two projects to expand the City-owned fiber optic network and to link all City buildings with its fiber optic network. The City has initiated work to install fiber optic cable crossing Sepulveda Boulevard (I-NetFiber Optic).