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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD)

EPA is considering authorizing the expenditure of funds awarded to the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department (SBMWD). The project generally consists of constructing a 4 million gallon (MG) water storage reservoir on the existing SBMWD 4.29-acre Palm Plant site. The site contains an existing 5.0 MG and a 325,000 gallon above grade water storage reservoirs, hydro-generation station, which produces electricity from the energy in water delivered to the site from higher elevations, and other water supply equipment. The Palm Reservoir provides the floating storage of water necessary to supply water to the SBMWD's 1720 College-Palm Pressure Zone. Presently, the College-Palm Pressure Zone has about a 3.2 MG water storage deficiency necessary to protect the health and safety of the general public for potable domestic use, emergency, and fire flow purposes. Furthermore, the storage deficiency results in more frequent pumps and motors operation cycles during peak electricity usage periods to maintain an adequate supply of water to the system and its customers. This project is being proposed by SBMWD to correct this deficiency and provide more reliable, efficient, and a cost effective water system that is consistent with industry standards for water storage capacity.

EPA's involvement in the San Bernardino, California project is part of a national commitment to improve water quality. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared that analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project. Based on a review of the EA, EPA determined that the project will not have significant environmental impacts and has issued a draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). To view the EA and FONSI, please click on the attachments below.

Please direct questions or comments to:

Howard Kahan (kahan.howard@epa.gov)
US EPA Southern California Field Office
600 Wilshire Blvd Suite 1460
Los Angeles CA 90017
(213) 244-1819
(213) 244-1850 fax

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