Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Helps to Secure Grants for Local Communities

May 20, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) is pleased to announce that both the Hi-Desert Water District and City of Yucaipa have received $4,000,000 and $227,000 respectively for reclamation projects.

The Hi-Desert Water District has been awarded $4,000.000 from the Bureau of Reclamation for construction of their wastewater collection and reuse facility.  The project will provide tertiary treatment to percolate recycled water in the Warren Valley Groundwater Basin where water levels have been depleted. This project will also reduce dependency on imported supplies and provide a more drought-resistant groundwater supply. Once completed, this project is expected to result in the recharge of 1,949 acre-feet of recycled water annually to replace water that would otherwise be imported by the State Water Project from the Bay-Delta.

The City of Yucaipa has been awarded $227,000 from the Bureau of Reclamation for construction of a 25 acre-foot retention basin along Wildwood Creek to capture storm water runoff and increase groundwater recharge. Recharged storm water will increase local groundwater supplies and reduce the city’s reliance on continued imported water supplies. When this project is completed, it is expected to recharge 250 acre-feet of recycled water per year.

Cook said, “I’m proud that I was able to play a role in securing grants for the people of Yucca Valley and Yucaipa. With California’s drought continuing, and working families being hit with higher water bills, I’m thrilled to help secure this important funding for vital local water projects.”