By Nolan P. Smith
Photos by Nolan P. Smith
(Hesperia)— The community came out on a windy Tuesday for the groundbreaking ceremony held by the VVWRA for the new Sub-Regional Water Reclamation plant in the Hesperia. The Sub-regional Water Reclamation Plants is key to the future of water management in the High Desert. Once completed, it will produce more than 1000 acre-feet of recycled water every year; water that can be used for landscaping, irrigation and farming, thus saving precious drinking water.
“It’s important to understand that a lot of growth has occurred in the Victor Valley and especially in Hesperia,” said VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds during the groundbreaking ceremony. “So this facility is designed to reduce the impact of the wastewater flows in the existing pipeline system. It has a secondary benefit by providing recycled water to the community of Hesperia. So this represents a pretty significant investment in the future of Hesperia.”
Investing into the community is a theme shared by the Mayor of Hesperia, Eric Schmidt. During his speech, Schmidt emphasized the investment this is to the city. “This is an investment; this is much more than just an expenditure. When you look at what our city is becoming, you look at the situation of our state relative to water, conservation is a significant factor.”
This is the first of two groundbreaking ceremonies, as the Apple Valley groundbreaking ceremony is slated for April 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Brewster Park. The idea for the sub-regional water reclamation plants was first conceived in a VVWRA board meeting in June of 1992. Over the past 22 years, the Board of Commissioners and VVWRA staff has worked hard to develop an environmentally sustainable project that promotes future economic growth in the Victor Valley. Of the $12 million dollars in grants received, $5 million dollars resulted through the Integrated Planning Process for water resources by partnering with local water agencies, which was led by the Mojave Water Agency. The Apple Valley and Hesperia sub-regional water reclamation plants will go a long way in providing much needed water to an area that averages only 6 inches of rain annually and has been in a severe drought for several years.
“It’s a very good thing for water conservation,” said Olds, “it’s a very good thing considering we live in the Mojave Desert, and it’s a very good thing considering we live in an era of drought.”
Construction on the Apple Valley and Hesperia water reclamation plants will create local jobs while the addition of a source of non-potable water promises to promote regional job growth in the future. For more information, contact David Wylie at (760) 523-1781 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.