Funding to Improve Groundwater Quality in Parts of Riverside County

Funding to Improve Groundwater Quality in Parts of Riverside County


The State Water Resources Control Board has awarded Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) the largest grant in its history—$36.3 million. This significant award is intended to help facilitate EMWD’s proposed Perris North Groundwater Program. The program is EMWD’s long-term solution to improve groundwater quality in the North Perris Groundwater Basin, in the Moreno Valley region. It is also intended to make beneficial use of nearly 6,700 acre-feet per year of available local groundwater supplies and in the process, reduce the agency’s reliance on imported water supplies. The entire project is expected to cost nearly $72 million and the grant will cover nearly 50 percent of it. The plans are to remove and contain nitrates, perchlorates, volatile organic compounds, and total dissolved solids from groundwater in the basin. Groundwater in this basin includes the area of March Air Reserve Base which receives potable (drinking) water from the Western Municipal Water District.  Improving the quality of local groundwater as well as its availability in the region should benefit all agencies involved. The grant is being funded through the Proposition 1 Water Bond approved by voters in 2014. EMWD Board President Ron Sullivan thanked the State Water Resources Control Board for their support toward a sustainable solution. “They have been a valued partner to EMWD, and we appreciate their ongoing commitment toward addressing groundwater quality issues in the region.”  EMWD is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency. It provides water, wastewater service and recycled water to more than 825,000 people within a 555-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It serves customers in Canyon Lake, Hemet, San Jacinto, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Perris and Temecula, as well as the unincorporated communities of French Valley, Good Hope, Homeland, Lakeview, Mead Valley, Murrieta Hot Springs, Nuevo, Romoland, Valle Vista and Winchester. It also provides water on a wholesale basis to the Cities of Hemet, San Jacinto and Perris; Lake Hemet Municipal Water District; Nuevo Water Company; Rancho California Water District; and Western Municipal Water District.

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