Recycled Water Pipeline Extension through Industry
Reaches Dreams Sports Park
The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) celebrates yet another milestone in the quest to extend the pipelines that deliver recycled water into the San Gabriel Valley. A critical element in the expansion of the Upper District’s recycled water system, the City of Industry Extension Program, Phase IIB of the San Gabriel Valley Water Recycling Program, includes 14 miles of pipeline, a two million gallon reservoir in the City of West Covina, a pump station and a pressure reducing station.
In partnership with the State Water Resources Control Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), the Upper District has constructed the $33.5 million pipeline and amenities that will support the goals of the California Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2008. Increasing potable water conservation, enabling more efficient use of water such as delivering 2.4 billion gallons of recycled water for landscaping and irrigation will save the San Gabriel Valley over 440 million gallons of drinking water.
The recent addition in November 2011 of about 3 miles of pipeline along Azusa and Vine Avenue and the reservoir in West Covina were in part made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA, the Stimulus Fund) via Bureau of Reclamation. The partnership was the first Title XVI project constructed in Southern California using ARRA funds. Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act of 1992 directs the Secretary of the Interior, among other activities, to undertake programs that investigate and identify opportunities for water reclamation and reuse of municipal, industrial, domestic and agricultural wastewater, and naturally impaired ground and surface waters, for design and construction of demonstration and permanent facilities to reclaim and reuse wastewater.
Several hundred jobs were created during construction of this critical infrastructure investment in the San Gabriel Valley. In the past fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, Upper District invested about $9 million in the expansion of the recycled water system.
Public officials participating in the celebration that is being held at West Covina’s Big League Dreams Sports Park at 2100 S. Azusa Avenue, include Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (CD-38), Congresswoman Judy Chu, Ph.D. (CD-32), Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (SD-24), Senator Carol Liu (SD-21), Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region Acting Regional Director Mike Galdon, Southern California Area Manager Bill Steele and Engineer Dennis Wolfe, West Covina Mayor Michael Touhey and Councilmember Frederick Sykes along with leaders of the San Gabriel Valley water industry.
Upper District’s President Bryan Urias will be presenting Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Connor with the District’s Golden Water Pump Award, for providing outstanding leadership in promoting and achieving greater independence from imported water sources while providing a reliable supply of the highest quality water for the San Gabriel Valley.