Lake Elsinore, CA –Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) has received a $2.6 million grant from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) towards diversifying its water supply through increased recycled water production.
The grant funding will aid in the Horsethief Canyon Wastewater Reclamation Facility expansion, which will allow EVMWD to treat additional wastewater to increase recycled water supplies and lessen the need for costly imported water. Highly treated and regulated recycled water from the Horsethief facility is used for irrigation purposes. The facility expansion, slated to begin construction this summer, will increase recycled water supplies to approximately 896 acre feet of water per year. This is equal to 291 million gallons of recycled water per year.
“This funding is crucial to ensuring the future reliability of our supplies,” said Andy Morris, president of the EVMWD board of directors. “This project will allow for necessary expansion and upgrades to the treatment facility and will provide a sustainable supply of recycled water.”
Reclamation provides funding through the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic or agricultural wastewater and impaired ground or surface waters. Reclaimed water can be used for a variety of purposes, such as environmental restoration, fish and wildlife, groundwater recharge, municipal, domestic, industrial, agricultural, power generation or recreation.
EVMWD has received other funding from the Bureau to assist with water saving projects including the Instant Hot Water Recirculating Pump program and the Advanced Meter Infrastructure system.
EVMWD provides service to more than 145,000 water and wastewater customers in a 96-square-mile area in Western Riverside County. The District is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD at www.evmwd.com for additional information.