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Western receives $4.5 million for Chino II Desalter expansion project
RIVERSIDE, CA – May 18, 2009 – Persistent statewide drought conditions and a regional water supply shortage of
10 percent highlight the challenge Inland Empire water agencies face - making our region more water independent
by tapping into local sources. On May 13 Western’s Board moved a step closer to this goal, adopting a Resolution
to accept nearly $4.5 million in Federal funds to increase treatment capacity at the Chino II Desalter facility.
“Reduced imported water supplies from the Colorado River and State Water Project are reminders that we must
expand local water supply,” said Western Board Vice President Charles D. Field, who also represents Western on
the Chino Basin Watermaster Board. “Our board action moves us one step closer to reaching our goal of increased
Funds will be used to construct an ion exchange for nitrate removal and a reverse osmosis system for treating
groundwater to drinking standards. Construction is anticipated begin by late summer and will create about 50
construction-related jobs. Overall, the $112 million Chino II Desalter expansion project involves the construction of
new wells, groundwater treatment and water distribution facilities in the lower Chino Basin. Anticipated to be
complete in late 2013, the upgraded facility will increase regional drinking water supply by up to 10,600 acre-feet
per year. The $4.5 million funding comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and
compliments $26 million already authorized for the overall project by President Obama’s signature in March.
The Chino II Desalter facility is managed by the Chino Basin Desalter Authority (CDA). Western joined the CDA
in November 2008. Other CDA partners include Jurupa Community Services District, the Santa Ana River Water
Company, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, and the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Norco and Ontario. As partners in
the expansion project, Western, the City of Ontario and Jurupa Community Services District will share the balance
of costs to complete the groundwater treatment portion of the project.
“These funds help Western and our partner agencies create new sources of local water supply,” said Western
General Manager John V. Rossi. “The District will continue to seek additional funds wherever possible in order to
build projects vital to ensuring we have local sources of drinking water that are reliable.”
A long-term District priority is to restore water reliability from the Bay-Delta by supporting the construction of a
peripheral canal. This action will result in the greatest amount of quality water being delivered to the greatest
number of people, farms and industries. Western continues working with legislators to convey the importance of
protecting local property taxes from state budget impacts. This revenue helps build projects that are critical to
solving our water shortage crisis.
Western Municipal Water District provides water supply, wastewater disposal and water resource management to the
public in a safe, reliable, environmentally sensitive and financially responsible manner.
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