The Heber Public Utility District (HPUD) owns and operates the water and wastewater treatment facilities. In 1999, the district initiated a project to expand and upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. However, that project did not address deficiencies in the wastewater collection system, or in the water supply and distribution system.
Portions of the existing water treatment plant are over 25 years old and have reached their maximum hydraulic treatment capacity. Some hydraulic units have reached the end of their service life and are in need of replacement due to deterioration. In addition, undersized lines
throughout the distribution system, faulty isolation valves, and inadequate pressure levels impair water service and fire protection. These concerns have caused the California State Department of Health Services (DHS) to place a moratorium on new connections to the water system.
The wastewater collection system in many of the older sections of Heber has been in place for decades and is in need of upgrading. Undersizedlines in parts of the collection system have resulted in overloaded lines and uncontrolled discharges of raw sewage from manholes.
To correct these deficiencies and bring the plant into compliance with state water quality and health regulations, the utility is undertaking a project to upgrade and expand its water treatment and distribution system, as well as its wastewater collection system.
Water Treatment Improvements
Water Distribution System Improvements
Wastewater Collections System Improvements
Improvements to water treatment system will correct current deficiencies thereby bringing the plant into compliance with state health regulations and providing a better quality service to residents. Installation of a backup pump generator will also ensure continued water service in the event of a power outage. Improvements to the wastewater collection
system will help prevent overloaded lines and uncontrolled discharges of raw sewage from manholes.
|Total Project Cost||US 6.88M|
US 4.14M - NADB Grant: BEIF
|Other Funding Partners||
Border Environment Infrastructure Fund ( BEIF)
United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA - RD)