By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)– After more than 20 years in the planning stages, the Hesperia City Council Unanimously voted Tuesday to support Hesperia’s future generations by bringing the valuable resource of recycled water to the city.
The final piece of the puzzle in the City’s Water Master Plan — recycled water — will be flowing through purple pipes now that the final approval has been received for the addition of two percolation ponds at the Victor Valley Wastewater Authority’s proposed water recycling facility in Northwest Hesperia.
“This is a resource that Hesperia simply can’t live without,” said Russ Blewett, Hesperia City Councilman and VVWRA Commissioner. “Without this plant, the City of Hesperia could be facing some very serious issues due to lack of capacity in the current wastewater infrastructure.”
Hesperia’s Design Review Committee approved the main treatment facility in 2011. The City’s Planning Commission unanimously approved the addition of the ponds in August of this year, and the city upheld that support Tuesday. Hesperia City Councilman Eric Schmidt pointed out that a developer bought approximately 70 parcels and plans on making a multimillion dollar investment to build homes directly across the street from the facility after working with VVWRA and realizing what a positive benefit it will be for the surrounding community.
“This will serve as a model for others to follow to bring the valuable resource of recycled water to bare,” said Logan Olds, VVWRA’s General Manager. “The time, money and effort that went into this project to ensure that it is a great fit for the community is unprecedented.”
The plant will collect and treat liquids that it scalps from the current collection system. This water will be used to irrigate parks, school fields, and commercial developments in the City of Hesperia that are equipped with purple pipe. The quality of water produced at this plant is the same quality of water that is used to irrigate crops and school fields throughout California.
The decision comes on the heels of VVWRA being awarded a $1.5 million grant for the project from the Department of Water Resources thanks to the support of the Mojave Water Agency. Additionally, the agency has received $2 million in grants from the Bureau of Reclamation and will be applying for an additional $3 million this fall.
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is an independent agency that is equally governed by leaders from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake.