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Posted on: February 2, 2017

West Valley Water District and Goodrich Corporation Reach Agreement On Groundwater Clean-Up

Agreement will fund perchlorate removal costs for the state-of-the-art Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System at the West Valley Water District

Since 2013, the West Valley Water District (“WVWD”) has been in negotiations with the Goodrich Corporation (“Goodrich”) regarding funding of perchlorate removal in the groundwater basin from decades of past military, industrial and agricultural uses at the former Rockets, Fireworks, and Flares Superfund Site.  An agreement to fund operations for the state-of-the-art Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System recently was unanimously approved by the WVWD Board of Directors (“Board”) in January.

The agreement authorizes funding for 100% of operations and maintenance costs, up to $700,000 annually for the first year with no cap for subsequent years, for the life of the cutting edge Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System project that began operating last year in September 2016.  The agreement also funds eligible costs to WVWD dating back to January 1, 2014.

WVWD Board President Dr. Clifford O. Young, Sr. hailed the action, stating, “This agreement secures our groundwater clean-up efforts for our customers.  It was critical to the Board of Directors that the District receives compensation on behalf of our ratepayers for certain incurred costs, and we are thrilled that this long negotiation process is finally concluding.”

Following the discovery of perchlorate in portions of the Rialto-Colton groundwater basin in 1997, WVWD and the City of Rialto shut down impacted wells in the area.  In 2002, the State of California conditionally approved a WVWD project using bioremediation to remove perchlorate and restore the water to potable use.  Following years of testing and review by regulatory agencies, WVWD began operating the state-of-the-art Groundwater Wellhead Treatment System in September 2016.  This new water treatment facility is the first of its kind in the nation to deliver potable water.

The treatment process involves using microscopic organisms which are already present in the groundwater to consume certain harmful chemicals such as perchlorate.  By allowing this natural process to occur, the water can then be sent through a traditional water treatment process and made available for use by WVWD customers.

WVWD was able to secure the necessary capital funding to develop and construct the project through Proposition 84 state bond money and grants from the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board to build.  Additional funding partners include the City of Rialto, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, California Department of Public Health, and the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. 

West Valley Water District serves the communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto and parts of an unincorporated area in San Bernardino and a segment of the Jurupa Valley in Riverside County.  Customers are encouraged to visit www.wvwd.org to learn more about ways to conserve, access rebate programs, and participate in conservation activities.  

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