Rep. Bera Secures $735,000 for Three Sacramento-area Water Projects in House Appropriations Package | Congressman Ami Bera

Rep. Bera Secures $735,000 for Three Sacramento-area Water Projects in House Appropriations Package

Jul 29, 2021
Press Release
If signed into law, resources would support access to safe and reliable drinking water

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) announced that he helped secure $735,000 for three Sacramento-area community funding projects meant to bolster our region’s access to a safe and reliable water supply.

Funding for these projects were included in the House Energy and Water Development, and Interior-Environment Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills, which passed the House of Representatives today.

“The Sacramento region is in the midst of a historic drought and over the last few years has faced both severe flooding and dry periods, impacting our residents and our economy. That’s why I’m proud to have secured $735,000 for three Sacramento-area water projects in the FY 2022 House Appropriations package,” said Representative Bera. “If signed into law, these critical resources would support projects that could supply 1,000 gallons per minute of additional drinking water for Citrus Heights, help plan for a new backup system for raw water supply at Folsom Lake, and help construct a water treatment plant in Orangevale. While these dollars will provide critical assistance to my district, I will continue to fight for additional funding to ensure our region has access to a safe and reliable water supply.”

The following projects championed by Rep. Bera were included in the House Energy and Water Development, and Interior-Environment Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills:

Project Sponsor: Citrus Heights Water District
Project Name: Citrus Heights Groundwater Production Well
Project Location: 8026 Patton Avenue, Citrus Heights CA 95610
Funding Amount: $585,000
Explanation: Funding would support the planning, design, and engineering phase for a new groundwater well. The well would be capable of producing 1,000 gallons per minute of drinking water and would be constructed with Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) technology to allow for the injection of surface water into the groundwater aquifer for storage. This additional groundwater storage would provide additional water supply for the Citrus Heights Water District and allow them to reduce surface water usage during dry periods, leaving more water in the river for fish and wildlife.
 
Project Sponsor: Army of Corps Engineers (on behalf of the City of Folsom)
Project Name: Regional Water Reliability Project
Project Location: 1325 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Funding Amount: $75,000
Explanation: The City of Folsom, in coordination with the City of Roseville and San Juan Water District, will conduct a planning and feasibility study to examine potential options for a backup system for raw water supply from Folsom Lake. Currently, there is no backup system in place and in the event of low water levels at Folsom Lake, these water agencies would be left without access to this critical water supply. The study would further evaluate several previously identified options and assess current water demands to determine the size of a backup system. 
 
Project Sponsor: Army of Corps Engineers (on behalf of the San Juan Water District)
Project Name: Orange Vale Water Company Well #3
Project Location: 1325 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814
Funding Amount: $75,000
Explanation: The funding would be used for the planning, design, and construction of a treatment plant to support OVWC’s Well #3 in Orangevale, CA. The treatment plant will remove perchlorate concentrations and meet all drinking water standards. The project is a valuable use of taxpayer dollars because it would improve and enhance San Juan Water District and OVWC’s groundwater access and conjunctive use capabilities. Access to a reliable water supply is critical as our state faces extreme periods of dry and wet periods.
 
The House Energy and Water Development, and Interior-Environment Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills now head to the Senate for consideration. In total, Rep. Bera secured more than $2.5 million to support eight community funding projects for the Sacramento-region in the House passage of FY 2022 appropriations bills.