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January 17, 2024

Rep. Aguilar Announces $2.8 Million for Inland Empire Clean Water Infrastructure

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) is receiving $2,843,353 from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to complete the Chino Basin Program (CBP), which will produce enough potable water for nearly 100,000 residents per year once completed.

The CBP is a series of water infrastructure projects that will modernize regional water supply, storage and delivery systems. The program includes a 15,000 acre-feet Advanced Water Treatment Facility to store recycled water, new and upgraded wellheads to protect the quality of the water supply and intra-basin connectors to increase the reliability of the storage system.

“Having access to clean drinking water is a fundamental right for every California resident, and I’m pleased to announce more federal funding for the IEUA that will support our region’s water infrastructure,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar. “The Chino Basin Program will not only increase our region’s water supply, but also provide environmental benefits for the whole state.”

“The potential to receive funding through this competitive grant program moves IEUA and the region closer to a sustainable water future. IEUA is grateful to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as we continue our resiliency efforts under the Chino Basin Program, an innovative program that will develop a new, advanced treated recycled water supply, valuable new infrastructure and upgrades and provide environmental and ecosystem benefits in both Northern and Southern California,” said Shivaji Deshmukh, P.E., General Manager of the IEUA. “We look forward to expanding upon our water storage capabilities while remaining committed to water quality and efficiency as we serve our community.”

This grant comes from the DOI’s WaterSMART Water Recycling and Desalination Planning Program, which was created and funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Rep. Aguilar helped pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021.

Rep. Aguilar serves as Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations.