Conceptual presentation of the East County Advanced Cleaning Institution և Education Center.
SANTI, California – Radhika Fox, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced a $ 388 million Water Infrastructure Financing Law (WIFIA) loan to the East County Joint Powers Authority for its advanced water treatment program. Through an EPA WIFIA loan, this innovative project will produce purified water to meet up to 30% of East County drinking water demand, increasing reliability in a drought-prone area while saving millions of dollars in East County.
“The EPA is proud to be a partner in this project, which uses proven technology to boost drinking water resources in this climate-prone region,” said Radhika Fox, Assistant Assistant Administrator for PA. “Water infrastructure is one of the best investments we can make to improve public health and the environment, to create jobs and address the pressing challenges facing our communities.”
The Advanced Advanced Purification Project will create a new, local, sustainable source of drinking water to reduce the region’s dependence on out-of-state water and increase climate stability. The project treats East County wastewater for recycling by producing treated water that is sent to Lake Ennings Reservoir, the county’s local source of drinking water. When fully operational, the project will treat up to 16 million liters of wastewater per day.
“East County’s East District Cleanup Program is unique; it’s thoughtful in many ways,” said Steve Goebel, chairman of the East County Board and El Cajon City Council member. “In particular, one of the reasons is the unprecedented cooperation of four entities in the San Diego area of Argelian, which have joined together for the common goal of water reliability, to treat wastewater at a competitive cost of imported water. The low-cost WIFIA loan plays an important role in giving financial meaning to this important Program to achieve those goals for the residents and the communities we serve. ”
“The East County Advanced Water Treatment Plant contributes to stabilizing East County drinking water levels while protecting our future generations by ensuring that they have a clean, clean, reliable, high-quality drinking water supply that is local, reliable. Safe, drought-proof, and environmentally friendly, ”said Allen Carlisle, General Manager / General Manager of the Padre Dam County Water District.
The project will cost $ 791 million, and the EPA WIFIA loan will finance almost half of that figure, saving East County an estimated $ 140 million, which supports stable water tariffs for customers. It is expected that the construction and operation of the project will create 2,500 local jobs.
As a result of the closure of this WIFIA loan, EPA has announced 51 WIFIA loans providing nearly $ 10 billion in loan assistance to help fund nearly $ 21 billion in water infrastructure while creating approximately 51,000 jobs and saving interest rates of approximately $ 4.5 billion. billion dollars. On March 31, 2021, President Biden announced the American Work Plan, which proposes successful water infrastructure projects, investing an unprecedented $ 111 billion in water infrastructure.