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Posted on: November 24, 2021

Western Municipal Water District secures funding to enhance service operations

Western Municipal Water District (Western) announced the receipt of $70,000 from the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects program to implement the first phase of critical improvements identified in Western’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Master Plan.

SCADA allows Western to monitor and control its vital water service delivery system through real-time viewing of facility operations. This complex technology assists Western’s highly skilled operations staff in monitoring trends and making real-time adjustments that enhance the security and reliability for water delivery.  

“This project will help optimize water deliveries for our customers by increasing the overall reliability of the system,” stated General Manager Craig Miller. “As we enter into periods of prolonged drought, ensuring the efficiency of our current system will help sustain our water supplies for the future.” 

As part of its 2018 SCADA Master Plan, Western identified the need to install SCADA Wide Area Network (WAN) infrastructure on reservoirs in its Riverside service area. These reservoirs are currently part of the existing SCADA system and represent 60 percent of the area’s drinking water needs. Once complete, these facilities will have the licensed frequency and infrastructure needed to meet system reliability.   

With construction expected to begin in March 2022, this project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2023. 

“This project represents Western’s ongoing commitment to enhance security systems so that our systems can safely and reliably deliver the highest quality water and wastewater services on-demand, 24/7/365,” continued Miller. 

To learn more about Western, visit wmwd.com. Stay updated on Western’s latest projects and happenings by following Western on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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.

 

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