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EPA grant funding will replace Kokila Reservoir

The San Juan Water District (SJWD) will be able to move forward the Kokila Reservoir Replacement Project thanks to a $1,250,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) account. Congressman Kevin Kiley, Representative for California’s 3rd Congressional District, sponsored the funding.

The Kokila Reservoir Replacement Project replaces the aging Kokila Reservoir, a 4.56-million-gallon earthen reservoir lined and covered with Hypalon, which serves as the primary treated water and pressure regulating reservoir for SJWD’s retail service area. Originally installed in 1984, the cover and liner have exceeded their typical 25-year lifespan. The reservoir now requires replacement with a new partially buried prestressed concrete tank to ensure continued reliability and safety of drinking water delivery.

“We wish to acknowledge Representative Kevin Kiley for his role in securing federal support for this project,” said SJWD Board Chair Manuel Zamorano. “His focus on addressing the needs of our region ensures the safety and reliability of drinking water for residents in Placer and Sacramento counties.”

The Kokila Reservoir Replacement Project represents a significant step towards modernizing infrastructure and ensuring the resilience of water distribution systems in the region. With the support of the San Juan Water District and the allocated funding from the EPA, this project will contribute to the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the communities it serves.

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