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EVMWD secures $780,000 in funding for Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plan pilot project

The water treatment plant will remain offline until upgrades are made to restore water quality. Photo provided by EVMWD.

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) received $780,000 in Federal Relief Funds for its Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plan pilot project.

These funds were secured by Congressional Rep. Ken Calvert under the Community Project Funding portion of the $1.5 trillion 2022 Consolidated Appropriations Act that President Biden recently signed.

The pilot project will assist EVMWD in determining upgrades to the treatment plant, so it can treat water affected by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and resume operations. Currently, the treatment plant is offline until upgrades are made to restore water quality.

PFAS substances are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries worldwide. These substances are found in thousands of products that are used daily, including shampoo, clothing, cleaning products, firefighting foam, and non-stick cookware.

Like many communities throughout the nation, small amounts of PFAS are found in EVMWD’s water supply. These chemicals enter the waterways through manufacturing, landfills, and wastewater effluent.

“Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District deeply appreciates Congressman Calvert’s partnership and his ongoing commitment to public health and safety,” EVMWD President Darcy Burke said. “With the Congressman’s leadership, this partnership secured $780,000 for the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plan pilot project, allowing advanced treatment testing of a critical local water source. Congressman Calvert’s leadership will offset direct costs as we determine appropriate treatment plant upgrades. This pilot study ultimately determines this project’s success.”

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