The La Sierra Pipeline, a $36 million project to increase local water supply, is set to begin construction this spring.
The Western Municipal Water District (Western) has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at Arizona Middle School, 11045 Arizona Ave. in Riverside to explain the project and potential impacts.
The pipeline project will connect two local water supply sources (the Arlington Desalter and Chino Desalter) to Western’s Riverside Retail Service Area at the La Sierra Tank. This regional reliability project will reduce Western’s dependence on costly imported water and is part of Western’s long-term reliability planning.
Western Municipal Water District General Manager John Rossi explained, “The La Sierra Pipeline will help us become more self-sufficient. Simply put, this project is a critical step toward helping our region meet current and future water needs and further protect us from future drought impacts.”
Drivers should expect delays in the construction area expected to begin in about a month along La Sierra Avenue from El Sobrante Road to just north of Arizona Avenue. Motorists are encouraged to follow traffic control devices during this time.
“We understand this project will have a big impact on commuters and those who live nearby,” said Rossi. “We will do everything possible to make sure construction goes smoothly. And we hope everyone will understand the long-term benefits this project will have on our local water supply.”
Western has estimated the pipeline construction will take more than 18 months to complete. For additional information regarding the pipeline project, including construction and detours, visit www.wmwd.com and search the keywords La Sierra Pipeline.