District Invests in More Water Supplies to Sustain Prolonged Drought
Valley District provides seed money for new sources of water by local water agencies.
In a region that has already seen two 20-year droughts, the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District continues to invest in water supplies to help the region sustain prolonged droughts. A new program offered by Valley District provides financial incentive to local water agencies for projects that produce recycled water or capture stormwater.
The Local Resource Investment Program (LRIP) provides a financial incentive for a period of twenty years to an agency in the Valley District service area that constructs a project which provides a new source of supplemental water to the area, including project such as recycled water or stormwater capture.
In 2018, the Valley District Board of Directors began the LRIP with a target of investing in 15,000 acre-feet of water throughout the region. (One acre-foot will serve a family of five for one year.) Of the 15,000 acre-foot target, 11,000 acre-feet of water was utilized by the Sterling Natural Resource Center, a project of the East Valley Water District. The LRIP will provide East Valley Water District $173 for every acre-foot of recycled water provided to the region, or approximately $2 million per year for twenty yearsAnother project – the Clean Water Factory – was recently approved for funding through the LRIP by the Valley District Board of Directors. This project, to be constructed by the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (Water Department), will provide 5,6000 acre-feet of recycled water to the region. Valley District will provide the Water Department approximately $970,000 per year for twenty years once the project comes online in 2021.
“The Local Resource Investment Program provides an incentive for the water retailers and cities to advance their projects, while at the same time benefiting the region,” commented Valley District Board President T. Milford Harrison. “By investing in local projects that provide supplemental water, we are able to increase local water supply reliability, which is a critical goal of this District.”
“We will continue to identify opportunities to partner with our retailers who are interested in the LRIP and are able to identify additional sources of supplemental water for the region,” stated Douglas D. Headrick, Valley District General Manager. “These types of regional partnerships are critical to ensuring we meet the needs of the customers we serve, especially in prolonged drought periods.”
As drought continues to cycle through the region, Valley District works to identify and implement projects that will complement the region’s investment in the State Water Project to provide a robust, portfolio of reliable water supplies for the region. The LRIP, along with the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program, Bunker Hill Basin Conjunctive Use Project, Enhanced Stormwater Capture/Recharge Project, and water use efficiency program are some of the ways that Valley District partners with local agencies to improve water supply reliability.
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About San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Valley District is a State Water contractor that provides supplemental water to 14 retail water agencies from Fontana to Yucaipa, meeting the water needs of over 700,000 business and residential customers. In addition to providing supplemental water from Northern California, Valley District is responsible for long-range water planning throughout its 325 square mile service area, including importing supplemental water, groundwater management, and wastewater and storm water disposal.