Jul 21, 2015

WRD Completes Environmental Impact Review for Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project

Project will add nearly 3.25 billion gal per year to local drinking water supply

Water Replenishment District of Southern California groundwater

The Water Replenishment District of Southern California (WRD) board of directors unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for its Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project (GRIP) advanced water purification facility to be built in the city of Pico Rivera, Calif.

GRIP includes an agreement with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County for the purchase of billions of gallons per year of recycled water for groundwater replenishment. The water will be treated to near-distilled quality at the future water purification facility before being used to replenish the Central Groundwater Basin, which underlies much of south Los Angeles County, is relied on as a drinking water source by millions of people, and is one of the most heavily utilized basins in the nation.

The purpose of the EIR was to solicit comments from anyone wishing to share their views about which environmental issues should be addressed. It was circulated for review and comment for a 45-day period beginning April 1, 2015, and ending May 15, 2015. Since then, WRD has reviewed and responded to a total of seven comment letters that were received during the review period, none of which necessitated any significant revisions or changes to the EIR. The final version includes written responses to each of the comment letters.

"The finalization of this Environmental Impact Report is a giant step forward in implementing the Groundwater Reliability Improvement Project, which is the cornerstone of our Water Independence Now program," said WRD President Sergio Calderon. "When GRIP is fully operational in 2018, WRD and the residents of south Los Angeles County can declare water independence. We will be free from our current reliance on imported water that is increasingly costly and difficult to obtain to replenish our groundwater reserves. GRIP will provide locally sustainable and affordable groundwater supplies for the millions of residents and businesses in the WRD service area."