Western Infrastructure Updates
This comprehensive report of Western’s Capital Improvement and Facilities Plan (CIFP) sets immediate capital priorities for the two-year period, while forecasting project needs over a five-year span.
Western recognizes the ever-changing environment of water reliability. To confront modern challenges and continue delivering safe, reliable, high quality services, Western is committed to cost-effective and innovative solutions to ensure long-term water supply for our region. Studying and understanding drought conditions, advanced preparation for natural disasters, and anticipating fluctuating demands helped to create this well-rounded plan. The capital projects listed within will create, maintain, and improve the systems that serve customers.
Click below to view detailed information and the latest updates on Western’s active projects. For any questions or concerns about these projects, contact Western’s Strategic Communications team.
Cannon Pump Station Project
Current Project Status
Western has paused the project and is looking at value engineering since the bids were around 30% higher than anticipated. Our team is diligently working to determine the project’s next steps. This process should take a few months. Please check back in late spring 2023 for an update.
Western Municipal Water District (Western) is designing a new pump station and interconnection with Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). Known as the Cannon Pump Station, it will be built near Alessandro Boulevard and Overlook Parkway. Once complete, Cannon Pump Station will take water from RPU's mainline through an interconnection near Alessandro Boulevard and Overlook Drive and pump it to Western's distribution system. By adding this station to your local water system, Western customers will continue to have safe, reliable, high-quality water.
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Western provides nearly 28 billion gallons of water each year to our customers in Riverside County—a dry, arid area where droughts are a regional reality. What you may not realize is that more than 60 percent of water is imported, traveling more than 700 miles from Northern California.
We’re dedicated to finding local water sources and building innovative projects to continue providing safe, reliable water for our customers while keeping your rates as low as possible.
The Cannon Pump Station project is a partnership between Western and Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). Western is purchasing excess groundwater from RPU and pumping it into their water distribution system at a reduced cost. RPU customers benefit by the sale of that excess water as it helps to stabilize their rates and contributes to water resiliency and reliability for both agencies.
Western hosted the first neighborhood meeting regarding this project on April 20. Below, you will find a copy of the presentation materials and a copy of the Zoom recording. If you have any questions after reviewing the materials, please contact our Strategic Communications Department at 951.571.7119 or email@example.com.
We’re investing $10 million into the project using Western’s capital improvement program funds and $4.5 million in grant support from the Santa Ana River Conservation and Conjunctive Use Program (SARCCUP).
Western Municipal Water District (Western) has completed replacing 2,031 feet of water pipeline in the Lake Hills HOA area. Currently. This area had some of the oldest pipelines in Western’s system that resulted in water leaks and service interruptions. The new pipeline installed will improve water distribution, reduce emergency water outages, and increase the amount of water available for fire suppression throughout the Lake Hills area.
Construction consisted of two phases and took place in the cul-de-sacs of Mountain Court, Morning Sun Court, Meadow Mist Court and on a section of Lakepointe Drive between Blue Haven and Sun Summit Drive. (see maps below).
Crews will be restriping the entire project area on Monday, October 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. During this time there will be traffic control onsite.
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Western Water is replacing water pipelines on Cannon Road, Stanhope Lane, Mission Grove Parkway, and Sunridge Drive in early 2023. The pipelines in this area are old and past their useful life. Ruptures of the aged pipelines result in service interruptions to our customers. The frequency of these ruptures has been increasing. As part of our capital improvement plan, we have identified these streets as critical focal points.
Once the pipelines are replaced, they will limit emergency water outages and provide continued water reliability.
Western is expanding its local water portfolio by investigating the viability of a new well in the City of Riverside. Early testing suggests this well site could become a dependable source of high-quality water to address irrigation needs now and in the future.
Construction of the Well requires intermittent discharging of water to test pumping equipment at various volumes. Western is responsibly discharging the water into the nearest stormwater inlet, approximately .4 miles from the well site at the corner of Madison Street. The water will be put into underground aquifers to be shared with the surrounding region. Water will be highly visible in the street gutters while it travels downstream to the storm drain, especially during large-volume testing, necessitating traffic control and temporary one-lane road closure.
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When in service, it will reduce the volume of water Western needs to import from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and improve water reliability as a local water source.
Western Water is replacing water pipelines on Westerly Drive, New Ridge Drive, Bay Ridge Circle, Riverside and Dallas Avenues in late spring/early summer 2023. The pipelines in this area are old and past their useful life. Ruptures of the aged pipelines result in service interruptions for our customers. The frequency of these ruptures has been increasing. As part of our capital improvement plan, we have identified these streets as critical focal points.
The pipeline replacement project will replace the old infrastructure reducing the risk of leaks, and water outages and improving water reliability.
Western Municipal Water District is performing valve testing in the Woodcrest area. This project is to complete routine maintenance within our distribution system. The project will include valve maintenance and test shutdowns to identify any valves that may need upgrades or replacement in the area. The project is in line with our asset replacement strategic improvement goal. When all assets are repaired or replaced, it will help limit customer downtime during an emergency water shutdown.
Please click HERE to view the interactive map on Google Earth.
The project will take place from October 17-November 10, 2022.
Routine maintenance and valve exercising will occur Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
During this time, residents may experience low pressure. Western encourages customers to shower before 9 a.m. or after 3 p.m., to fill large buckets or bowls of water for pets, or irrigate their landscape outside of these hours.
Should you have any questions, please contact our outreach team at email@example.com or 951-571-7261.