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EMWD Secures $4.5M in Federal Funding for Desalination Program

By Alex Turner
Community Writer
03/15/2023 at 04:16 PM

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) received a multi-million dollar funding commitment from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to construct infrastructure to support EMWD’s groundwater desalination program.

The Army Corps Fiscal Year 2023 work plan included $4.5 million for Phase 2 of the Valley Boulevard and Murrieta Road pipeline project in Menifee. The pipeline will deliver untreated water to EMWD’s desalination facility.

Of the 13 non-earmark projects listed in the work plan, EMWD received the single-highest funding amount nationally. The Army Corps has been a longstanding funding, technical and strategic partner in helping EMWD to develop a nationally recognized groundwater desalination program that includes wells, pipelines, and three desalination facilities.

EMWD’s desalination program provides enough water for more than 30,000 households annually while helping to remove more than 50,000 tons of salts from the groundwater basin each year.

EMWD received broad support for its application for funding from its entire Congressional Delegation, including from Reps. Ken Calvert, Mark Takano, Darrell Issa, and Raul Ruiz conveyed their support of this project directly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“EMWD appreciates the continued support and partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers, which has been a longstanding and valued partner in the success of our desalination program,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “We also wish to thank our Congressional Delegation, whose emphatic support was incredibly valuable in helping to advance this funding request.”