SCV Water awarded $5 million in federal grant funds

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The Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency was recently awarded a $5 million grant under the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSmart Drought Response Program. Funds will go toward construction of the Agency’s S Wells Per- & Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Substances Treatment and Disinfection Facilities. 

“We deeply appreciate Congressman Mike Garcia’s support in applying for this federal grant, which is targeted to restore local groundwater affected by PFAS and will further build SCV Water’s drought resilience,” said SCV Water board President Gary Martin. “We will continue to look for innovative avenues to restore local groundwater supply and increase our drought resiliency in the SCV.” 

The $16 million groundwater treatment plant will remove PFAS at existing wells S6, S7 and S8. The plant will use an ion exchange process that successfully removes PFAS from groundwater. Construction is anticipated to occur January 2024 to July 2025. 

“We are committed to investing in local projects that restore our community’s local water supply,” said SCV Water General Manager Matt Stone. “Regardless of recent winter rains, the Sierra snowpack, or the current drought conditions in California, projects and actions that contribute to a sustainable local water supply are always needed.” 

In late 2022, $84.7 million was invested in 36 communities across the West to respond to the drought. It is part of $1 billion provided through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for the innovative WaterSmart program, which supports states, tribes and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply through investments to modernize existing infrastructure and avoid potential water conflicts. In total, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocates $8.3 billion for water infrastructure projects over the next five years to advance drought resilience. 

The S Wells are located along the Santa Clara River trail, and the groundwater treatment facility is planned at a location across from Bridgeport Park. Combined, these wells can produce up to 6,000 gallons per minute of groundwater, enough to serve the equivalent of 10,000 households annually. This will add to the two PFAS groundwater treatment facilities that have opened since November 2020, with several others in the construction or planning phases.  

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of artificial chemicals that are prevalent in the environment and were commonly used in industrial and consumer products to repel grease, moisture, oil, water and stains. Water agencies do not put these chemicals into the water, but over time very small amounts enter the water supplies through manufacturing, wastewater discharge and product use. Exposure to these chemicals may cause adverse health effects.  

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