30 Dec

Rep. seeks to prolong area water cleanup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The $11.2 million was added to HR 123 – written by Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas – that already authorized $50 million in funding for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund. “Much has been cleaned up in Central Basin and the San Gabriel Basin, but much still needs to be done,” Napolitano said. “Continuing the cleanup effort will increase our region’s clean water supply and protect our communities against drought cycles, global warming and decreasing water supply from the fragile San Francisco Bay Delta,” she said. The bill – with Napolitano’s amendment – has been approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources and next goes to the House of Representatives. “We really are grateful the congresswoman did this,” said Art Aguilar, general manager for the Central Basin Municipal Water District, which operates the clean water project. “She has helped out not just us, but the other cities (Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier) involved in the project.” The project, which was paid for with $10 million from the federal government, is nearly out of money. It has continued to operate with Central Basin using what’s left. However, the cities have been paying the bulk of the costs. Since June, the cities have been paying $250 per acre-foot for water cleaned up and thus usable as drinking water. That is expected to amount to $425,000 for Santa Fe Springs and $600,000 for Pico Rivera. Whittier hasn’t taken any water and thus doesn’t pay anything. Estimated annual cost is $1.2million. It’s an important project, Aguilar said. “Until we can be reasonably sure of the water quality in the (Whittier) Narrows, we need to keep this operating to make sure there’s no contamination that might make its way here,” Aguilar said. The treatment system includes two water wells in Pico Rivera, a 6,000-foot-long pipeline and the treatment plant itself. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Rep. Grace Napolitano has added $11.2 million to legislation that would allow a groundwater-cleanup project here to continue for another seven years. The project, which began operating in 2003, was designed to clean up polluted groundwater flowing toward Pico Rivera from the East San Gabriel Valley. Perchlorate from former aerospace operations and other toxic chemicals in the Valley were discovered in the early 1990s to have seeped into groundwater supplies. “Adding money for Central Basin to this bill is a major triumph for our communities,” said Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs. “My residents in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier can now be confident that their homes and businesses will have clean, safe water well into the future.” last_img read more