FOOTHILL WATER COALITION
Creating Innovative Water Supply & Storage Solutions
There is a growing concern over impending, chronic water shortages in California. In fact, water rationing and more costly water bills are inevitable in the near future, according to many top water officials. To combat the looming crisis, a group of local water agencies have banded together to form the Foothill Water Coalition.
WHAT WE DO
About The FWC
The Foothill Water Coalition (FWC) is a group of local water agencies representing the Southern California foothill area communites. United by the singular goal of developing innovative ways to provide supplemental, high-quality water to Southern California, FWC has come up with a plan. Its flagship program, known as the Water Supply Reliability Program (WSRP), will benefit more than 2 million residents in 41 cities located in one of the state’s fastest growing areas—along Southern California’s foothills, stretching from the San Gabriel Valley to the Inland Empire.
Collaboratively, FWC members are working with local and federal legislators to secure funding for the WSRP. Partial funding ($5 million) has been secured in the Water Resource Development Act (HR 1495), which was enacted in November 2007. Funding will be used to study the feasibility of constructing underground water storage facilities and pipeline.
The projects will be constructed and operated cooperatively by FWC member agencies. The feasibility study is scheduled to commence fall of 2008 and construction may begin as early as 2010.
FOOTHILL WATER COALITION MEMBER AGENCIES
Reinforcing our Commitment
Raymond Basin Management Board*San Gabriel Valley Water Association*Chino Basin Watermaster*Foothill Municipal Water District*City of Pasadena* Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District*Three Valleys Municipal Water District*Inland Empire Utility Agency*Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster*San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District*Six Basins Watermaster
WATER SUPPLY RELIABILITY PROGRAM
The Foothill Water Coalition’s flagship program is known as the Water Supply Reliability Program (WSRP). The WSRP will benefit more than 2 million residents in the Southern California foothill area by:
• Modernizing water supply systems by storing them underground for future use.
• Making local systems more reliable by diversifying water sources.
• Improving water quality by adding higher quality water to each foothill basin.
• Enhancing the efficiency and reliability of regional water delivery.
THE ALOSTA CONNECTION:
This interconnection would diversify water supplies, allowing for more flexibility and reliability in water delivery. It would connect the Metropolitan Water District’s Foothill Feeder to a pipeline in San Dimas, allowing for water delivery either from the State Water Supply in Northern California or from the Colorado River.
THE RAYMOND FEEDER:
This pipeline would expand existing water supplies to more communities in the area. The proposed pipeline would stretch 14 miles, beginning with a connection to the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s facilities in Azusa, traveling through the Raymond Basin and ending in Pasadena.
EASTSIDE EMERGENCY CONNECTIONS:
These connections would provide a second source of water to Eastern Region water treatment plants, improving water reliability during water shutdowns.
AN AREA-WIDE RECONNAISSANCE STUDY:
This effort will provide for an investigational study for enhancing existing spreading basins and optimizing artificial groundwater recharge into the Raymond, Main San Gabriel, Six Basins and Chino groundwater basins.
ALHAMBRA-MONTEREY PARK BRANCH PIPELINE FEASIBILITY STUDY:
The study will look into the feasibility of providing an additional water source to the Alhambra area by extending the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s delivery system. The system would extend south to the Alhambra, San Gabriel and Monterey Park area and alleviate the impacts of groundwater production in the “Alhambra Pumping Hole”—an area with limited replenishment and facilities for direct recharge located in the Main San Gabriel Basin.
CONTACT FOOTHILL WATER COALITION
Get in touch with FOOTHILL WATER COALITION to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
725 North Azusa Ave. Azusa, CA 91702