RIVERSIDE, CA – The United States Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced that the Western Municipal Water District (Western) will be awarded $4.3 million to help build a second water connection to March Air Reserve Base (MARB) through the Groundwater Resiliency Connection Project.
“Western is proud to be an important community partner in building the infrastructure needed to support operations at March Air Reserve Base,” stated General Manager Craig Miller. “It is an honor to be able to enhance the quality of life for our nation’s service members and ensure that safe, reliable, and high-quality water sources are available on base and throughout the surrounding community.”
Through the DOD’s Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation, the Defense Community Infrastructure Program funds projects that benefit local military installations and support service members, families, and DOD missions. The program awarded $60 million in 2021 to 13 projects, leveraging more than $128 million in investments in local infrastructure.
Western’s Groundwater Resiliency Connection is a $12.5 million project to protect the continuity and reliability in water delivery to the base and surrounding community. Building a second connection will provide redundancy of service to minimize any impacts to base operations should any water service interruptions occur on the existing connection.
Another project currently underway to support base operations and the nearby community is a new 24-inch pipeline that will provide capacity for fire flows to the future March Lifecare Campus. This project also includes new connections to a joint water production facility operated by Western and Eastern Municipal Water District.
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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527 square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.