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May 10, 2019                                                                                                                                                         (909) 875-1804



On May 2, Gilbert Olivarez, an employee of West Valley Water District identified a suspicious object while he was checking a meter in the area of Bloomington. Mr. Olivarez found that the item resembled what could be a pipe bomb and immediately contacted the authorities.



The bomb squad from Fontana Police Department was dispatched, and the identified item was indeed determined to be a pipe bomb. While it was deteriorated from being outside in the sun, it was no longer considered to be an active pipe bomb, however it was important the object be removed from the public vicinity.



President Dr. Michael Taylor stated, “I commend Gilbert Olivarez and the Fontana Police Department for quickly reacting to the situation and maintaining the safety of the public. Thank you to the hard work and dedication of our employees at West Valley Water District and the men and women at Fontana Police Department.”



Vice President Kyle Crowther added, “These heroic efforts do not go unnoticed. We are grateful of the teamwork effort of our staff and local authorities.”


Mr. Olivarez will be recognized by President Dr. Michael Taylor, Vice President Kyle Crowther at the May 16, Board of Directors Meeting.




West Valley Water District (WVWD) is a special district that provides water service to approximately 80,000 people,
spanning from both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. In a 31-square-mile area, WVWD serves portions of the
communities of Bloomington, Colton, Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino, and Jurupa Valley.