Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) recently celebrated the completion of its Mountain Avenue West Groundwater Replenishment Basins in San Jacinto.
The facility will enable EMWD to import water from the State Water Project and put it in the basins which will percolate into the local groundwater aquifer, providing additional supply during future times of drought.
The facility is designed to replenish up to 30,000 acre feet of water annually – enough for approximately 75,000 households.
“This facility is a major piece of our ability to prepare for future droughts,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “As we continue to face changing water supply patterns throughout the state, our Water Banking program will help us continue to meet the needs of our customers for future generations.”
The project included a partnership with the City of San Jacinto, which will own and maintain the landscaped area surrounding the facility, including a new decomposed granite walking path that is open to the public.