The Agency is one of 29 State Water Contractors. As a Contractor, the Agency is responsible for paying its share of the debt service on the State Water Project. While most of this construction occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s, it is still going on today with both capital projects and major O&M (operation and maintenance) projects under construction at any given time. Each contractor is responsible for the importation of water from Lake Oroville and the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta through the State Water Project into its service area. The East Branch Extension, the pipeline that brings State Project Water into the Agency’s service area, was completed in 2003. The Agency sells this water to local water retailers to reduce local groundwater overdraft. Currently, the Agency is selling water to the Yucaipa Valley Water District (the Calimesa area), the Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District (Beaumont and Cherry Valley), and the City of Banning.


The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency’s mission is to import supplemental water and to protect and enhance local water supplies for use by present and future water users and to sell imported water to local water districts within the service areas of the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency.


The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency will partner with other local stakeholders to assure that growing regional water needs are met, optimizing the use of existing resources, without adverse impacts on local groundwater basins.

In order to bring this vision to fruition, we will:
• Play a leadership role in managing local water resources.
• Bring supplemental water to the region to meet short and long-term needs.
• Develop and work from a financial plan to ensure that funding to reach our goals is available.

 


CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

August 25, 2014

Work during the week of August 18 did not progress as quickly as anticipated for two reasons.  First, a large boulder in the trench had to be broken up and removed.  Boulders are much harder to remove than soil and require specialized equipment that must be rented.  Second, a vandal drilled holes in several sections of pipe, thus necessitating a review of all pipe stored above ground as well as all pipe already installed underground.  This act of vandalism was perpetrated approximately 10:30 pm Tuesday, August 19 by a male driving a late model white Nissan Murano.  The Sheriff has taken a report and is searching for the perpetrator, who caused at least $10,000 damage and who delayed construction by at least three days.  If anyone has additional information on this crime or on someone who drives such a vehicle, the Agency and the Sheriff’s department would like to speak with them.  Installation of pipe will begin again on Tuesday, August 26.  It is anticipated that, if there are no further incidents of vandalism, that the construction will move to Orchard Street sometime during the week of August 25.

DROUGHT REGULATIONS

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) recently adopted a resolution making residential outdoor water conservation required across the state.  The resolution was widely broadcast in part because the resolution calls for fines of up to $500 per day for homeowners who violate the new requirements.  The text of the regulations may be found here.  A summary of the restrictions may be found here. 

Local water districts around the state are required to enforce the new regulations.  If you have questions about what they mean to you, you may want to check the web site of your local water supplier. 

If you live in Beaumont or Cherry Valley, click here.

If you live in Banning, click here.

If you live in Calimesa, click here.

If you live in another unincorporated area, your water purveyor may not have a web site.  You are encouraged to contact your local supplier by phone if you have questions.

CALIFORNIA GROUNDWATER

Do you want to understand California's groundwater? Click here for a simple, easy to read series of articles explaining how it works.


EBX 2, or the East Branch Extension, Phase 2, is a planned $200 million pipeline/pumpstation/reservoir project that will enable the Agency to get its full allotment of water from the State of California. Currently our connection to the California Aqueduct has capacity for only about half of our 17,300 acre-feet per year. This means that we are paying debt service for water that we cannot take delivery of.

The project is a partnership between the Agency, the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, and the California Department of Water Resources. (who also benefits by improving its ability to deliver water to Yucaipa) and the California Department of Water Resources (who will build and own the project).

The facility is currently scheduled to go online in 2013. Click here for more information about this important project.