Rep. Cook Announces Funding to Modernize Big Bear Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a loan of $12,000,000 and a grant of $3,000,000 to the City of Big Bear Lake to replace important water infrastructure.
The USDA made the announcement of the investment yesterday as part of awards in 46 states totaling $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states.
This Rural Development investment will be used to replace about 13 miles of undersized water supply pipeline. Some of the existing steel pipelines are nearly 70 years old and leak frequently, resulting in wasted water and increased energy consumption costs. The city of Big Bear Lake's Department of Water and Power provides water to more than 15,000 customers in the city and in unincorporated areas in surrounding San Bernardino.
Rep. Cook has previously authored letters in support of federal grants supporting Big Bear’s replacement of older inefficient pipelines.
Rep. Cook said, “I’m pleased to learn about the USDA’s commitment to help rebuild our water infrastructure in our rural communities, particular in Big Bear Lake. It’s imperative that Big Bear Lake replaces these pipelines to improve delivery, minimize water waste, and reduce energy consumption.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.