HDWD Prepares to Begin Construction on Phase 1 of the Sewer Project

District expects to break ground on the collection system next year.

Yucca Valley, CA – Hi-Desert Water District (“the District”) has been working on completing the final steps needed to begin constructing Phase 1 of the Wastewater Reclamation Project (“the Sewer Project”). The District has been making progress towards its goal of breaking ground on the collection system by next summer.

Last May, property owners overwhelmingly approved forming Assessment District 2014-1 to finance the cost of building a new $150 million centralized sewer system. Since then, the District has been working on finalizing all remaining funding requirements along with additional items needed to move forward with the construction of the collection system and wastewater treatment facility.

“We are ahead of schedule to break ground on Phase 1 of the Sewer Project,” said Ed Muzik, General Manager of Hi-Desert Water District. “We are currently seeking a qualified engineering firm and general contractor to begin the Progressive-Design- Build process of the wastewater treatment facility, and soon after, we will be going out to bid to construct the collection system. We anticipate breaking ground as early as next summer.”

In addition to hiring contractors to construct the collection system and wastewater reclamation facility, the District continues to work on completing the following items to meet target dates:

December 2015 – The District is in the process of hiring a construction manager to oversee construction of the Sewer Project.

January 2016 – All remaining loan documents will be submitted to the staff of the California Water Quality Control Board to finalize the loan from the State Revolving Fund.

February 2016 – The District is working with staff from the Colorado River Basin Regional Water Quality Control Board to finalize a request to extend septic discharge prohibition dates for each phase.

March 2016 – The District will be seeking approval of a low-interest expanded use loan from the State Water Resources Control Board for property owners to finance costs associated with private property connections.

If you would like more information about the Sewer Project, call Hi-Desert Water District at (760) 365-8333 or visit ProtectGroundwater.org.

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