MANHATTAN BEACH — This year's Leadership Manhattan Beach class thought of a project that both humans and dogs can enjoy, coincides with the city's green goals and looks like a space-age capsule.

With the council's approval Tuesday night, the class will replace five outdated concrete water fountains across town with next-generation water stations.

The stainless steel, cylindrical water stations include a bottle refiller and traditional drinking spout. And in high pet-traffic areas, the units will include a lower fountain spout for pets.

The fountains, funded by sponsorships and a grant from the West Basin Municipal Water District, will be installed at The Strand and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, the Mariposa Pathway Par Course (on the greenbelt near Manhattan Beach Boulevard), Polliwog Park near the west gazebo, the Marine Avenue basketball courts and the Manhattan Village soccer field.

Each year, Leadership Manhattan Beach, a nine-month program that aims to produce future leaders, culminates with a class project to benefit the community. The class of 2013's goal was to reduce plastic bottle waste and inspire healthy water consumption.

High foot traffic locations were chosen.

The ribbon-cutting for the new stations is planned on Earth Day, April 27, in Polliwog Park. The old fountains will be donated across Los Angeles to schools in need.

- Carley Dryden


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