Hundreds of local officials and community members joined the East Valley Water District (EVWD) in late October to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) in Highland.
The state-of-the-art recycled water treatment facility and community center located on the corner of N. Del Rosa and 6th Street in Highland is expected to be completed in less than three years. When SNRC is operational, it will create a sustainable source of water for 800,000 area residents by recharging the local groundwater basin.
“The Sterling Natural Resource Center is much more than a wastewater treatment facility, it’s an investment in the future of Highland,” said EVWD General Manager/CEO John Mura. “Beyond bolstering our region’s water independence, the SNRC will be working with local schools to offer hands-on educational opportunities and provide a pathway for students to learn about water and wastewater treatment operations as a potential career option.”
(1) Rendering: Once constructed, the SNRC will recharge the local groundwater basin and create new opportunities for the surrounding community in the form of education and training, community space, neighborhood improvements, and new habitat for the endangered SantaAna Sucker sh. (2): EVWD Board of Directors and General Manager CEO/ John Mura along with design-build partners Balfour Beatty, Arcadis U.S., Inc., Ruhnau Clark Architects, Trussell Technologies, WSP and Inframark break ground for the Sterling Natural Resource Center.
In addition to the official breaking of the ground with ceremonial shovels, the event also included several family-friendly activities such as a photobooth, arts and crafts, an educational water recycling lab demonstrating SNRC’s technology, backyard games, food trucks and live music. Event sponsors included Sunbelt Rentals, Quinn Cat, Burrtec, and the East Valley Water District Employee Events Association.
The East Valley Water District (EVWD) and Sterling Natural Resource Center is capable of treating up to 8 million gallons a day, with the ability to expand to 10 million gallons a day, the SNRC recharges the local Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin and creates new opportunities for the surrounding community in the form of education and training, community space, neighborhood improvements, and new habitat for the Santa Ana Sucker fish. To learn more about the EVWD and SNRC visit http://www.eastvalley.org.