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San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency to build new recharge facility

San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency (SGPWA) is in the process of planning to build a new set of percolation basins to support the growing demand for new water storage.

The Brookside West Recharge Facility (Brookside West), will complement SGPWA’s existing Brookside East Recharge Facility in Beaumont, located on sixty-two and a half acres with approximately 25-acres of recharge ponds. In addition to recharging imported water from the State Water Project, the facility may also be used for local stormwater capture and to recharge treated reclaimed water.

“Recharge ponds offer an efficient solution to additional water storage while managing groundwater sustainably,” said Lance Eckart, SGPWA General Manager. “They’re a vital tool to surviving droughts, and with the recent wet season, an efficient solution to increased water supplies.”

With increased operational flexibility between Brookside West and Brookside East, pond maintenance will be streamlined. There is also increased storage available when the State Water Project delivers peak levels of water supplies. The wet winter and strong runoff conditions from snowmelt this year have allowed the State Water Project to increase forecasted deliveries, making more water available to agencies with capacity — including groundwater recharge.

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