By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Recycled Water is swiftly becoming a viable solution to the water shortage we are experiencing in the Victor Valley, and support is flowing in not only from the local community but the federal government as well.
$3 million dollars in federal funding has been awarded to Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) for the Subregional Water Recycling Plants, under the Title 16 project funding for managing water resources. The recycled water produced by these plants will replace groundwater and reduce water currently imported through the State Water Project from the Bay-Delta.
The Subregional Plants will produce high-quality water not quite to drinking standards but meeting the highly restrictive Title 22 recycled water requirements, useful for landscape irrigation, industrial use, and recharging groundwater. There will be two plants; one in the Town of Apple Valley at the southwest corner of Brewster Park, and the second in the City of Hesperia where Palomino Ave. meets Mojave St.
Recycled water is not new to the High Desert community; currently, the High Desert Power Project and American Organics enjoy the benefits of this local, inexpensive and reliable alternative to using our precious drinking water for industrial use. Incentives for reducing such water use has been an on-going effort by both the Apple Valley and Hesperia communities; each has a Cash for Grass program, and have included recycled water in their General Plans. With the assistance of this federal funding VVWRA, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia are empowering our communities by securing an abundance of local water.
According to VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds, nearly $12 million dollars in state and federal funding has been secured for use toward the construction of the Subregional Plants. Mojave Water Agency and Congressman Paul Cook have been instrumental in their support for these projects. Construction bidding will start in early June and open bids will end August of this year. Construction groundbreaking is anticipated to begin in November 2014. The plants are projected to be up and running by March of 2017.
Initially the plants will provide 2,240 acre-feet of recycled water per year, which is the equivalent to seven hundred and thirty million gallons annually. To put that number into perspective, that’s the equivalent to filling 36,500 swimming pools, irrigate AV Golf Course for 6 years, or produce enough recycled water to drain and refill Spring Valley Lake every 2 years!
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is a public agency that is equally governed by officials from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake. The agency’s award-winning Resource Recovery Facility is located in Victorville. If you have further questions regarding this project or would like to request information in general please contact VVWRA at (760) 246-8683 or visit our website at www.vvwra.com.