Riverside Water Facility Expected to be Reactivated Today

RIVERSIDE – A water processing facility that was shut down to accommodate repairs to a pipeline that supplies water to residents of Moreno Valley, Perris and south Riverside is slated to be back up and running today.

The Henry J. Mills treatment plant, located just off Interstate 215 in Box Springs, was taken out of service Friday, cutting into water reserves available to 325,000 customers of the Eastern and Western Municipal Water Districts.

”While we have full confidence the state will complete repairs in the time allowed, our emergency reserves are limited in this portion of our service area,” Paul Jones of the Eastern Municipal Water District said Friday. ”This is a very serious situation, and we must all do our part to ensure these communities continue to have the essential water supply reliability they have come to expect.”

Officials asked customers to stop all outdoor watering and to significantly scale back indoor water use during the shutdown, which is expected to end at 6 p.m.

According to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the treatment plant had to be deactivated for a 52-hour period to allow crews to repair a broken valve on the Santa Ana Valley Pipeline, which is part of a network of supply lines running from Northern to Southern California. The Mills plant has a daily capacity of 220 million gallons.

The plant serves the cities of Moreno Valley and Perris, as well as the communities of Eagle Valley, El Sobrante, Lake Mathews, Mission Grove, Orangecrest, Woodcrest, along with portions of March Air Reserve Base and Mead Valley.

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