WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced that, at his request, funding for Riverside County water infrastructure projects was included in the Fiscal Year 2023 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. The bill was advanced today by the House Appropriations Committee and will now head to the House floor for consideration. Funding included in the bill for local projects is allocated within their respective agency program accounts and does not raise the overall spending level of the bill.
The bill includes $2.5 million for the Quail Valley Septic to Sewer Conversion Project, which was requested by the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD). The requested funding would be used for the development of publicly owned sewer connections for the Quail Valley residential community, which currently relies on failing septic systems.
“The Quail Valley Septic to Sewer Conversion Project is a vital effort to improve both the health of the immediate community as well as the environmental impacts throughout the watershed,” said Rep. Calvert. “I’m grateful for the work done by EMWD to put this project forward. Together, I know we continue to make progress on this important issue which impacts Menifee, Canyon Lake and Lake Elsinore.”
“On behalf of our entire team at EMWD, we wish to thank Congressman Calvert, for having the confidence in us to leverage federal funding to advance the Quail Valley Septic to Sewer Conversion project,” EMWD Board President Phil Paule said. “EMWD is proud of its ongoing efforts to bring our customers’ tax dollars back to community for their benefit. We look forward to the successes of the Quail Valley Septic to Sewer conversion project, and our continued partnership with Congressman Calvert.”
The bill also includes $3 million for the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant, which was requested by the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District. The requested funding would be used for upgrades to the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant.
“By improving the Canyon Lake Water Treatment Plant we can improve our local water supplies and reduce PFAS contamination in our water system,” said Rep. Calvert. “As California finds itself once gain in a period of prolonged drought it’s essential for our local water districts to maximize our local water supplies. I’m thankful for Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District’s work on this project and efforts to ensure residents have access to safe, high quality, and affordable water.”
“The water supply challenges facing California today are the result of decades of mismanagement by Sacramento legislators. It’s clear we cannot rely on these failed policies to provide water supply reliability”, said EVMWD Board President Darcy Burke. “EVMWD and Congressman Calvert share the same desire to ensure the health and safety of our local residents by providing a reliable water supply. The $3 million request by Congressman Calvert to investment in the Canyon Lake Water Treatment will ensure this critical local supply will be available to our customers well into the future, said Burke. We are incredibly thankful for the longtime partnership EVMWD has with Mr. Calvert and appreciate his strong commitment to our shared constituents.”