Recycled Water Effort

Environmental Review Process


San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District has released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Sterling Natural Resource Center Project. This proposed wastewater treatment facility in the City of Highland would treat wastewater generated within East Valley Water District’s service areas. The treated water would be discharged to basins at the new treatment plant sire, to existing basins currently operated by the City of Redlands, to City Creek, or to alternative locations.
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Feasibility Study

East Valley Water District worked with RMC Water and Environment to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of a wastewater reclamation facility.

View final Feasibility Study October 2014
View Revised Feasibility Study March 2015

During this process a variety of issues were researched and evaluated to provide a recommendation for addressing the existing sewer capacity limitations. The project will consider:
  • Community Concerns
  • Environmental Impacts and Benefits
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Permits and Institutional Agreements
  • Plant Location
Technical Criteria
  • Determine existing wastewater flows, including current septic tank users
  • Appropriate level of treatment
  • Hydrology and elevation concerns, including proximity to recharge basins
  • Maximizing value to future capital
Community Considerations
  • Aesthetics
  • Quality of life
  • Property values
  • Consistency with community values
  • Project benefits
Determining a Location
The study reviewed potential locations for a wastewater reclamation facility within the East Valley Water District service area, and determined that the ideal location is Del Rosa Avenue between 5th and 6th Avenue.

Facility Design
Many urban cities have constructed wastewater reclamation facilities in a way to allow for full functionality while blending seamlessly with the community.

Permitting and Institutional Process
Wastewater reclamation facilities require coordination with multiple state and local government agencies, and most importantly members of the community.

Process for a Preliminary Analysis of Environmental Impacts
  1. Throughout the process, engage with members of the public for review and input
  2. Identify environmental issues
  3. Determine scope of environmental process
  4. Prepare environmental documents
Project Goals
  1. Identify potential long term and short term benefits to District stakeholders
  2. Determine the most feasible project
  3. Identify all necessary permits, authorizations, and environmental clearances
  4. Conduct extensive outreach with the community and local agencies
  5. If appropriate, establish a timeline for implementation
Opportunities for Community Involvement and Updates
For more information sign up here to be added to the project email list or contact the District at (909) 885-4900.

Community Presentations
Monthly Bill Inserts
Water Recycling Facility Tours
Anaheim Water Recycling Demonstration Facility