(Victorville)–When Congress passed the economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the stimulus was intended to create jobs and promote investment and consumer spending during the recession. Mojave Water Agency has helped the local economy by first acquiring a $4.9 million grant-half of the project construction costs-from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the Oro Grande Wash (OGW) Recharge project in Victorville.
Then, MWA directors awarded the first construction contract for pipeline work in the amount of $2.2 million contract to Apple Valley Construction (AVC) to build the Phase B portion of the three-phase $9 million project-and in the process creating work for at least 20 local jobs. MWA and the City of Victorville (which also secured a grant for the project from the voter-approved Proposition 13 in 2000) have worked together with Carollo Engineers and So & Associates (local engineering firm) to design a full scale groundwater recharge facility in Oro Grande Wash, located south of the intersection of Sycamore Street and Amethyst Street in the City of Victorville.
Underway since May 26th, Phase B of the pipeline portion of the project is currently 85% complete. During the month of October, crews from AVC have laid approximately 12,000 LF (linear feet—equal to 2.3 miles) of 30” pipeline from the turnout structure near the aqueduct on Caliente Road to Cobalt near the Oro Grande Wash.
Once Phases A & C are completed the Project will be ready for recharge operations by the end of 2012, initially allowing up to approximately 2,000 acre-feet of recharge per year with ultimate recharge of up to 6,000 acre-feet per year.
Apple Valley Construction was selected over seven firms that bid on the project. “We’re excited to have been chosen,” said Jeremy Hamilton, Operations Manager for AVC. A local company since 1978 that specializes in pipeline projects, Hamilton added that in addition to the current 20 employees—all of whom live local—the project has resulted in three or four new hires. “This project will keep our crews local and not have to travel down the hill for work,” Hamilton added.
Apple Valley Construction isn’t the only major local firm to support the project. Northwest Pipe, located in Adelanto is the pipe supplier, and two of the five subcontractors are small High Desert-based firms.
Because 50% of the funding for construction costs for OGW came through the Bureau of Reclamation, representatives from the federal Bureau of Reclamation were on site October 21st to receive a project status report and field tour.