Hesperia Breaks Ground on $40 Million Subregional Water Reclamation Plant

Hesperia’s Subregional Water Reclamation Plant broke ground during a ceremony on March 24. The project is key to the future of water management in the High Desert.

Once completed, it will produce more than 1000 acre feet of recycled water every year. Water that can be used for landscaping, irrigation and farming, thus saving precious drinking water.

In December 2014, the VVWRA Board of Commissioners approved a contract with W.M. Lyles Co. for construction of two sub-regional water reclamation plants in Apple Valley and Hesperia.

The projects include the two sub-regional water reclamation plants, force mains pipeline, percolation ponds and a lift station for the Hesperia sub-regional.

The Apple Valley and Hesperia water reclamation plants will be scalping facilities, meaning each will recycle a portion of the wastewater from its local collection system. All solid waste will continue to flow to the VVWRA treatment plant where it will be used to generate power.

The Apple Valley and Hesperia sub-regional water reclamation plants will go a long way in providing much needed water to an area that averages only 6 inches of rain annually and has been in a severe drought for several years.
VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds said, “This is a major step forward in preserving our precious drinking water.

These water reclamation plants will provide high quality, non-potable, water to be used for landscaping, irrigation and construction.”

The idea for the sub-regional water reclamation plants was first conceived in a VVWRA board meeting in June of 1992. Over the past 22 years, the Board of Commissioners and VVWRA staff has worked to develop environmentally sustainable projects that promote future economic growth in the Victor Valley.

Of the $12 million dollars in grants received, $5 million dollars resulted through the Integrated Planning Process for water resources by partnering with local water agencies, which was led by the Mojave Water Agency.

The Apple Valley sub-regional will be located at the southwest corner of Brewster Park while the Hesperia sub-regional will be located where Palomino Ave. meets Mojave St. Initially the plants will provide 2,240 acre-feet of recycled water per year, which is the equivalent to 730 million gallons a year.

To put that number into perspective, that’s the equivalent to filling 36,500 swimming pools or producing enough recycled water to drain and refill Spring Valley Lake every 2 years.

Construction on the Apple Valley and Hesperia water reclamation plants will create local jobs while the addition of a source of non-potable water promises to promote regional job growth in the future.

Recycled water is not new to the High Desert community; currently, the High Desert Power Project and American Organics enjoy the benefits of this local, inexpensive and reliable alternative to using our precious drinking water for industrial use. Incentives for reducing such water use has been an on-going effort by both the Apple Valley and Hesperia communities, and both have included recycled water in their General Plans.

With the assistance of this federal funding VVWRA, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia are empowering our communities by securing an abundance of local water.

The groundbreaking for the Apple Valley project is scheduled for April 16.

Subregional Water Recycling Plants, under the Title 16 project funding for managing water resources. The recycled water produced by these plants will replace groundwater and reduce water currently imported through the State

Water Project from the Bay-Delta.

The Subregional Plants will produce high-quality water not quite to drinking standards but meeting the highly restrictive Title 22 recycled water requirements, useful for landscape irrigation, industrial use, and recharging groundwater. There will be two plants; one in the Town of Apple Valley at the southwest corner of Brewster Park, and the second in the City of Hesperia where Palomino Ave. meets Mojave St.

Recycled water is not new to the High Desert community; currently, the High Desert Power Project and American Organics enjoy the benefits of this local, inexpensive and reliable alternative to using our precious drinking water for industrial use.

Incentives for reducing such water use has been an on-going effort by both the Apple Valley and Hesperia communities; each has a Cash for Grass program, and have included recycled water in their General Plans. With the assistance of this federal funding VVWRA, the Town of Apple Valley and the City of Hesperia are empowering our communities by securing an abundance of local water.

According to VVWRA General Manager Logan Olds, nearly $12 million dollars in state and federal funding has been secured for use toward the construction of the Subregional Plants. Mojave Water Agency and Congressman Paul Cook have been instrumental in their support for these projects. Construction bidding will start in early June and open bids will end August of this year.

The plants are projected to be up and running by March of 2017.
Initially the plants will provide 2,240 acre-feet of recycled water per year, which is the equivalent to
seven hundred and thirty million gallons annually. To put that number into perspective, that’s the
equivalent to filling 36,500 swimming pools, irrigate AV Golf Course for 6 years, or produce enough
recycled water to drain and refill Spring Valley Lake every 2 years!

The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is a public agency that is equally governed by
officials from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and
Spring Valley Lake.

The agency’s award-winning Resource Recovery Facility is located in Victorville.

If you have further questions regarding this project or would like to request information in general please
contact VVWRA at (760) 246-8683 or visit our website at www.vvwra.com.

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