On Saturday, March 18, the West Valley Water District (WVWD) was joined by government and community leaders to break ground on the Oliver P. Roemer Water Filtration Facility (Roemer) Upgrade and Expansion Project, which will secure the long-term security of WVWD’s water supply by increasing its treatment capacity by 7.2 million gallons per day which is enough to supply water to over 10,000 homes.
The expansion will increase Roemer’s total treatment capacity to 21.6 mgd and will upgrade critical facility components. This expansion and upgrade project will provide ratepayers with an even more reliable and cost-effective water supply, ensuring that WVWD will meet rising peak summer demands and future growth. In addition to the infrastructure changes, the expansion will include an education facility to educate ratepayers, local students, and the public on how to use water more efficiently.
“This expansion is a testament to our District’s commitment to making critical investments to ensure long-term water supply reliability and meet the needs of our growing communities,” said WVWD’s Board President Greg Young. “We are thankful to our project partners, District staff and all those who have made this project possible.”
Funding for the project was provided in part by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. WVWD was able to secure a 1.1% rate on the SRF loan, saving the WVWD and its ratepayers millions of dollars versus the prevailing market rate.