Western Infrastructure Updates
This comprehensive report of Western’s Capital Improvement and Facilities Plan (CIFP) sets immediate capital priorities for the two-year period, while forecasting project needs over a five-year span.
Western recognizes the ever-changing environment of water reliability. To confront modern challenges and continue delivering safe, reliable, high quality services, Western is committed to cost-effective and innovative solutions to ensure long-term water supply for our region. Studying and understanding drought conditions, advanced preparation for natural disasters, and anticipating fluctuating demands helped to create this well-rounded plan. The capital projects listed within will create, maintain, and improve the systems that serve customers.
Click below to view detailed information and the latest updates on Western’s active projects. For any questions or concerns about these projects, contact Western’s Strategic Communications team.
Cannon Pump Station Project
Western Municipal Water District (Western) is designing a new pump station and interconnection with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). Known as the Cannon Pump Station, it will be built near Alessandro Boulevard and Overlook Parkway. Once complete, Cannon Pump Station will take water from RPU's mainline through an interconnection near Alessandro Boulevard and Overlook Drive and pump it to Western's distribution system. By adding this station to your local water system, Western customers will continue to have safe, reliable, high-quality water.
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Western provides nearly 28 billion gallons of water each year to our customers in Riverside County—a dry, arid area where droughts are a regional reality. What you may not realize is that more than 60 percent of water is imported, traveling more than 700 miles from Northern California.
We’re dedicated to finding local water sources and building innovative projects to continue providing safe, reliable water for our customers while keeping your rates as low as possible.
The great thing about the Cannon Pump Station project is that it will enhance Western's water reliability by delivering local groundwater from sources like RPU. It also gives Western the flexibility to shift water sources to where they are needed the most, which provides reliability during emergency water supply interruptions.
Western hosted the first neighborhood meeting regarding this project on April 20. Below, you will find a copy of the presentation materials and a copy of the Zoom recording. If you have any questions after reviewing the materials, please contact our Strategic Communications Department at 951.571.7119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re investing $10 million into the project using Western’s capital improvement program funds and $4.5 million in grant support from the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program (SARCCUP).
Green Acres Pipeline Replacement Project
Starting September 2021, Western Municipal Water District will begin a water pipeline replacement project within the Green Acres community in Riverside. The project will replace 3,700 linear feet of pipeline on Adams Street, Gilley Street, and Dekay Avenue. Currently, the Green Acres area has some of the oldest pipelines in Western’s system resulting in water leaks and service interruptions. Once the project is complete, the new pipeline will improve water distribution, reduce emergency water outages, and will increase the amount of water available for fire suppression throughout the Green Acres area. The project is expected to be completed in February 2022.
Project overview: Work will be completed in phases and is expected to start at the end of Adams Street in September, continue to Gilley Street in October and to DeKay Avenue in December. Side streets will not be affected. Thru traffic will be open in both directions throughout most of construction. However, there will be no parking signs placed on the street while they are working in that area. Construction will take place during normal working hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The project is expected to be completed in February 2022.
- Improves water distribution
- Reduces pipelines breaks and emergency service outages
- Increases the amount of water available for fire suppression
September 2021 – February 2022
Project status – Construction
Sterling Pump Station
The Sterling Pump Station project is a component of Western's La Sierra Pipeline project and will connect the water produced at the Arlington and Chino Desalters to customers throughout Western's service area.
In addition to the new pump station, this project will include site improvements such as new landscaping, lighting, and security cameras - providing visual and security enhancements to Sterling Avenue in Riverside.
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- Reflects Western’s mission to become more self-sufficient by reduces dependence on imported water.
- Meets current and future water needs of our community.
- Provides additional local water in case of emergencies.
Arlington Desalter System Well Rehab
The Arlington Desalter is supplied by five groundwater extraction wells that are located within the median of Magnolia Avenue, between La Sierra Avenue and Pierce Street.
The rehabilitation schedule includes performing work for one or two individual desalter wells per year.
- Optimizes efficiencies and increases water production.
Western is rehabilitating all five of Western’s Arlington Desalter System (ADS) wells. Currently, Western is performing work on ADS Well No. 3. Work on the last well, ADS Well 5, is scheduled for completion by the year 2022.