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Adelanto Awarded Grant for Pipeline

As stated in an article in the Victorville Daily Press, July 3, 2018, a multi-million dollar pipeline project meant to bring an additional source of drinking water to Adelanto has received a $300,000 federal grant to help fund construction, the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) announced. Funding for the new pipeline is financed by WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow). The grant will help offset costs to construct a $2.5 million pipeline that will connect Adelanto to MWA’s Regional, Recharge and Recovery Project, according to an MWA statement. The Regional, Recharge and Recovery Project was completed in 2013. Here’s how it works: According to its website, MWA owns 85,800 acre feet of water rights within the SWP. Part of that supply, which originates primarily in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is pulled from the California Aqueduct and delivered to recharge sites in the floodplain aquifer along the Mojave River in Hesperia and south Apple Valley. MWA-owned production wells on either side of the Mojave River located downstream of the recharge area then recover and deliver about 15,000 acre feet of stored water per year via pipelines to retail water agencies in Hesperia, Apple Valley and Victorville. Construction of the new pipeline, then, will provide direct access to the recharge project, thus augmenting Adelanto’s water supplies and providing the city with an alternative drinking water source, MWA’s statement shows. “The next step in the process is (engineering) design work and (California Environmental Quality Act) work,” MWA spokesperson Yvonne Hester said. “The goal is to complete these two processes in a year.

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