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Region 9 CWSRF Pisces & DWSRF Aquarius Awards

The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF & DWSRF) programs provide flexible financing for states to address their most critical wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. The CWSRF Pisces Awards recognize the most innovative projects that effectively use state revolving funds to improve water quality and to comply with the Clean Water Act. The DWSRF Aquarius Awards recognize the most innovative projects that effectively use state revolving funds to protect public health, comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act and ranks high on a public health benefits priority list.

Each State SRF program was given the opportunity to nominate one of its CWSRF and DWSRF projects for a Pisces and Aquarius Awards. The nominees had to demonstrate leadership and innovation in one of the following criteria: financing, project implementation, partnerships, or sustainable infrastructure. The 2006 Region 9 CWSRF Pisces and DWSRF Aquarius awards went to the following projects:

Arizona DWSRF Aquarius Award

Flowing Wells Irrigation District, AZ The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) awarded Flowing Wells Irrigation District (FWID) a $996,000 DWSRF loan to address arsenic levels before the arsenic rule went into effect. FWID was one of the state's first communities to address the new federal arsenic rule. FWID built an arsenic treatment plant using absorptive granular iron media in pressure vessels and a backwash tank. Arsenic occurs naturally in the soil and groundwater in Arizona, and by planning well in advance, FWID was able to ensure compliance with the federal arsenic rule and provide safe drinking water to its residents.

Arizona CWSRF Pisces Award

City of Bullhead City, AZ The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona (WIFA) awarded the City of Bullhead City (CBC) a $31 million CWSRF loan to complete the third and final phase of its city-wide sewering project. CBC conducted an extensive public relations campaign, including newsletters and open-houses. In addition, residents could arrange for a consultant to visit their property to explain how they would be affected by the project. By moving from septic systems to sewers, the city helps prevent contamination to the Colorado River, also benefiting residents of California and Mexico.

Steve Owens, WIFA Chairman and Director of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and Alexis Strauss, Director EPA Region 9 Water Division presented the CWSRF Pisces Award to the City of Bullhead City and the DWSRF Aquarius Award to Flowing Wells on December 5, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. Shown left to right are: Pawan Agrawal, CBC; Shad Springer, CBC; Rusty Holguin, CBC; Alexis Strauss, EPA; Steve Owens, WIFA & ADEQ; David Crockett, FWID; Eric Anderson, FWID; Judy Navarrete, WIFA; Joan Card, ADEQ; José Caratini, EPA.

Photo of Arizona Awards Ceremony

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California DWSRF Aquarius Award

City of Santa Barbara, CA The California Department of Heath Services (DHS) awarded the City of Santa Barbara a $20 million DWSRF loan replaced Sheffield open-air reservoir with two 6.5 million gallon concrete reservoirs buried below 20 acres of open space. The Sheffield Water Quality Project took ten years from initial concept to final completion, and required the city to work closely with several agencies, community members, contractors, and other stakeholders. At the same time, the city provided potable water storage and delivery to its customers throughout the project period.

Corine Li, Region 9 Drinking Water Office Manager, presented the DWSRF Aquarius Award to the City of Santa Barbara on December 12, 2006.

Sheffield Water Quality Facility

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Sheffield Water Quality Facility

California CWSRF Pisces Award

The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) awarded the Nature Conservancy $17 million in CWSRF loans to partially finance the acquisition of three properties that provided significant watershed restoration and preservation. The project will conserve the watersheds by protecting the land from overgrazing, urban encroachment, or vineyard conversion. As one of its achievements, the project protected the Palo Corona Ranch from imminent development that would have increased sedimentation and storm water runoff, and threatened to impair coastal and aquatic resources.

Alexis Strauss, Region 9 Water Division Director, presented the CWSRF Pisces Award to the Nature Conservancy on December 13, 2006 in Sacramento CA.

Photo of Award Ceremony Participants

Shown left to right are: Barbara Evoy, SWRCB; Tam M. Doduc, SWRCB; Dr. Gary Wolff, SWRCB; Charles Hoppin, SWRCB; Arthur G. Baggett, Jr, SWRCB; Mike Eaton, Nature Conservancy; and Alexis Strauss, EPA.

Hawaii DWSRF Aquarius Award

City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply, HI The Hawaii Department of Heath (HDOH) awarded City and County of Honolulu over $21 million in DWSRF loans to provide safe drinking water to over 770,000 people in three communities. The funds were used for a variety of purposes. A well contaminated with alachlor was replaced in Weimanalo, the state's largest public water system. New treatment facilities were added in Oahu to remove nitrate and agricultural pesticides, protecting the health of 173,000 people. Finally, a $5.5 million loan was used to make distribution system improvements in Ewa Beach and Wahiawa.

Hawaii CWSRF Pisces Award

County of Maui Department of Public Works and Environmental Management, HI The Hawaii Department of Heath (HDOH) awarded the County of Maui a $3.3 million CWSRF loan to install a new force main along a major road in Lahaina and modified two wastewater pump stations. The force main was rerouted to avoid potential contamination of the nearby shoreline.

Award Ceremony

The Hawaii CWSRF Pisces Award and DWSRF Aquarius Award ceremony is tentatively scheduled for late March 2007.

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Nevada DWSRF Aquarius Award

Truckee Meadows Water Authority, NV The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) awarded Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) a $9 million DWSRF loan to lower the arsenic concentrations in some of the wells exceeding the limits established by the Safe Drinking Water Act. TMWA spent less than $5 million of the loan to construct a conveyance system to transport ground water from wells to an existing surface water plant for treatment, where modifications were made to treat both the ground water and surface water. The TMWA approach has been extremely cost effective; saving more than $12 million in treatment costs, and freeing up needed state drinking water infrastructure funds for other water systems in Nevada. The TMWA serves the cities of Reno and Sparks through a system of treated surface water and wells.

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Nevada CWSRF Pisces Award

Washoe County, NV The Nevada Division of environmental Protection (NDEP) awarded Washoe County and the Cities of Reno and Sparks a CWSRF loan to purchase water rights to the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake and dedicate the water to instream flows. The CWSRF loan helped finance the purchase of the water rights. This transaction will help improve the water quality in the river and the lake, which had been impacted by the discharge of treated wastewater, nonpoint source pollution, and water diversions. Pyramid Lake is home to endangered and threatened fish species, and is essential to the Paiute Tribe reservation. The cities, county, state, federal governments and the tribe worked closely together to come to this solution.

Award Ceremony

The Nevada CWSRF Pisces Award and DWSRF Aquarius Award ceremony is tentatively scheduled for February 28, 2007

Contact Information

For more information on the CWSRF Pisces Awards, DWSRF Aquarius Awards or the upcoming Hawaii and Nevada award ceremonies

Please Contact

José T. Caratini (caratini.jose@epa.gov)

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