EVMWD receives funding to expand wastewater treatment capacity

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LAKE ELSINORE – Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation toward the planning of the expansion of its regional wastewater treatment facility to meet the needs of the community’s growing population.

With growth in the area projected to increase nearly 50% over the next 25 years, water consumption and wastewater production will place a greater demand on EVMWD’s system. As a result, EVMWD is embarking on an expansion facility to increase capacity, upgrade treatment processes and improve efficiency. The expansion will allow for an additional 4 million gallons of wastewater treatment daily, bringing the plant total capacity to 12 million gallons per day. Once treated, this recycled water is used as a supplement for lake levels in Lake Elsinore, as well as for parks, golf courses and other landscaped common areas in the community.

“We are grateful to the Bureau of Reclamation for their partnership and shared vision of a long-term solution that will benefit our community far into the future,” Andy Morris, president of the EVMWD board of directors, said. “As our community continues to grow, these improvements will benefit our businesses and residents now and into the future.”

The project, which is in its planning phase at this time, has received $1.9 million in grants and $5.9 million in no interest loans. The district continues to pursue other grants and low interest loans to offset the costs of construction of this project, which is anticipated to be complete by December 2023.

EVMWD is only one of nine recipients who have received the Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse projects funding through the bureau. EVMWD has received other funding from the Bureau to assist with water saving projects including the drought contingency plan development project and the advanced meter infrastructure system.

EVMWD provides service to more than 155,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-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 http://www.evmwd.com for additional information.

Submitted by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.