For Immediate Release Contact: Naseem Farooqi
January 30, 2019 Public Affairs Manager
WEST VALLEY WATER DISTRICT RECEIVES $454,260 GRANT
FOR HYDROELECTRIC STATION
(Rialto, CA) The West Valley Water District was awarded a grant from Southern California Edison in the amount of $454,260. The grant is one of many the Board of Directors has supported to increase service levels and maintain competitive rate levels. The funding received assisted in the completion of the Hydroelectric Plant at the Oliver P. Roemer Water Filtration Facility. The total cost of the Hydroelectric Plant is $3,300,000 and will generate an annual revenue of $339,000 which will offset electricity costs.
During the meeting President Dr. Michael Taylor stated, “Our District is quickly becoming an innovative leader in the water industry throughout the region. I look forward to strengthening the collaborative efforts between our district and neighboring agencies.”
Vice President Kyle Crowther stated, “The new hydroelectric station allows the District to reduce electricity costs by creating its own power utilizing hydroelectric turbines and generators and an electrical switchgear necessary for interconnection with Southern California Edison.” Crowther added, “We have brought state-of-the-art equipment to our residents because that’s exactly what they deserve.”
The Self-Generation Incentive Program Grant is sponsored by the California Public Utilities Commission and provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources.
During the presentation General Manager Clarence C. Mansell, Jr, went on to say, “It is estimated that between 1,111,000 kWhs to 2,947,000 kWhs will be generated at the facility. Results will vary based on hydrologic year type and associated flow projects. This funding was possible with the leadership of our Board of Directors and efforts of our district staff.”
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.