By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority has been awarded a Proposition 1 grant of $9,181,841 towards construction of the Apple Valley Subregional Water Reclamation Plant (WRP). With the newly awarded funds, 26% of the total cost to design and build the Water Reclamation Plants in Apple Valley and Hesperia is now covered by state and federal grants. “These grants dramatically cut the cost of the subregionals to our ratepayers and our member agencies”, said VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds.
The $9.181 million grant was awarded from Proposition 1 funds and was made possible, in part, because the project is already under construction. Prop. 1 is the water bond measure approved by California voters in November of 2014. The measure authorized $7 billion dollars in bonds for water supply infrastructure projects. VVWRA had previously received a $4.8 million grant from the Bureau of Reclamation, a $3 million grant from Prop. 84, the Safe Drinking Water measure approved in 2006, and a $4 million grant from the State Water Resources Control Board. In total, VVWRA has now received nearly $21 million dollars in grants for the Apple Valley and Hesperia WRP projects which represents 26% of the nearly $81 million dollar cost for both sites.
The remaining cost for the WRP’s is being paid for with a 30 year, 1% loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. “The grants manage to cut almost $2 million dollars per year in borrowing costs over the course of the loan”, said Olds.
The Apple Valley and Hesperia Water Reclamation Plants are both currently under construction. The Apple Valley WRP is being built at Brewster Park and the Hesperia WRP is being constructed at a site near Mojave Street and Tamarisk Avenue. These are water scalping facilities that will only remove the water, all solid waste will continue to the main VVWRA plant in Victorville where it will be converted into biogas as part of the waste to energy program. When completed in early 2017, the WRP facilities will each have the capability of producing one million gallons per day of recycled water. The recycled water from the WRP’s will initially be used for surface irrigation at the Apple Valley and Hesperia Golf Courses. This will allow the groundwater currently used by the golf courses to be redirected for use at homes and businesses. Both facilities will have the capability of expanding in the future as the need and infrastructure is expanded.