Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Rep. Paul Cook Helps Secure Hi-Desert Water Grant

May 15, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) is pleased to announce that the Hi-Desert Water District has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to fund a portion of the district's Wastewater Treatment Project.

The District’s Wastewater Treatment Project is critically important for the Morongo Basin. High levels of nitrates are a problem in Yucca Valley area because of the septic tanks used by all residents. The District’s plans for a Wastewater Treatment Project would transition the residents off septic systems, and the water-recycling component of the project would reduce reliance on imported water.

Hi-Desert Water District has been applying for grants for years, but this year was the first time that it was awarded this competitive grant. Hi-Desert Water District is a Congressionally authorized project sponsor under the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI program, which is part of the WaterSMART initiative. Rep. Cook has been working closely with the Hi-Desert Water District to secure this vital funding.

Cook said, “I’m proud that I was able to play a role in securing this grant for the people of Yucca Valley. My most important job in Congress is responding to the needs of my district, and this grant will go a long way toward ensuring that Morongo Basin residents continue to have access to clean water.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the US Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.