Local leaders celebrated the start of a significant water project in Fontana on May 2.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Cucamonga Valley Water District and the City of Fontana held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Village of Heritage Recycled Water Project in the northwestern area of the city.
About 8,200 linear feet of pipeline will be installed in an effort to decrease the use of imported water in Fontana, officials said. The pipeline will be an extension of the existing Baseline recycled water pipeline that will extend east of the Interstate 15 Freeway to Cherry Avenue.
Officials said this landmark project will enhance water supplies for the Village of Heritage and other Fontana neighborhoods for years to come.
Fontana City Councilmember Phillip Cothran praised the project for its efficiency and money-saving capability.
"Recycled water is not only abundantly available, but cost-effective as well," he said.
The project is made possible through a regional partnership and will be funded in part by the State Water Resources Control Board.
Michael Camacho, a director of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, said he has been looking forward to the implementation of this project ever since he joined the IEUA a decade ago.
"This project has been a long time coming," he said. "It will provide an alternate source of irrigation that will benefit the region for the long term."
Kathleen J. Tiegs, a director of the Cucamonga Valley Water District, said the project is expected to be completed by this summer.