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EMWD to Expand Recycled Water Infrastructure in French Valley

EMWD to Expand Recycled Water Infrastructure in French Valley

August 3, 2022

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Installation of Phase I of the French Valley Recycled Water Pipeline was completed in 2018. Phase II work will begin this year.

Eastern Municipal Water District’s (EMWD) Board of Directors today approved the award of a $4.4 million contract to construct Phase II of the French Valley Recycled Water Pipeline, which will greatly expand recycled water service in the French Valley community.

The new pipeline is the next phase of the French Valley Recycled Water Expansion Project designed to increase recycled water use for landscape irrigation. Phase II will include a total of 12,300 feet of 12-inch and 8-inch recycled water pipeline, primarily on Pourroy Road and Benton Road in French Valley.

The new pipelines, once constructed, will help EMWD reduce potable (drinking) water use to existing landscape irrigation sites in the area, including Emerald Park, Brookfield Park, Susan LaVorgna Elementary School, and to Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District-maintained streetscapes in the area.

The pipelines will also support recycled water use in future development within the French Valley area.

It is anticipated that the Phase II pipelines will initially support enough recycled water use to offset more than 200 acre feet per year of potable water demand. That is enough for nearly 500 homes. 

The existing parks, schools and streetscapes will be participants in EMWD’s nationally-recognized Recycled Water Accelerated Retrofit Program, which expedites the retrofit of existing facilities from potable to recycled water for irrigation purposes.

The $4,425,000 contract was awarded to James W. Folwer Company. Work will begin in the field later this year and be completed by Fall 2023.

“As California continues to face historic drought conditions, it has never been more important for us to invest in the expansion of our recycled water infrastructure to help maintain functional community landscaping, including parks and schools,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “We are proud to continue to further our recycled water efforts in the French Valley community and look forward to the successful completion of this important project.”

Eastern Municipal Water District is the water, wastewater service and recycled water provider to nearly one million people living and working within a 558-square mile service area in western Riverside County. It is California’s sixth-largest retail water agency, and its mission is “To deliver value to our diverse customers and the communities we serve by providing safe, reliable, economical and environmentally sustainable water, wastewater and recycled water services.”
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