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July 26, 2012

Project will provide safe drinking water to rural families

Nearly 100 additional Coachella Valley families have access to safe drinking water, now that their mobile home park is connected to the Coachella Valley Water District domestic water system.

The families live in Sunbird Mobile Home Park in Thermal, which has been relying on water from a private well. Because that area of the valley has high levels of naturally occurring arsenic, the water from the private well exceeds arsenic standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A grant from the state Department of Public Health covered the $497,000 cost of the project, which involved adding 1,100 feet of pipeline to connect the mobile home park to an existing domestic water pipeline on Harrison Street. Fire hydrants and water meters are also being installed.

The Sunbird project is part of a larger effort to extend domestic water infrastructure into rural, unincorporated areas of the east valley, which traditionally have relied on private wells. CVWD previously worked with the county to provide domestic water and sewer services to a new sheriff's station and fire station in Thermal.

“We are committed to ensuring that all area residents will have access to safe drinking water and identifying funds to provide the infrastructure needed in these rural areas is a high priority for CVWD,” said Mark Johnson, director of engineering for CVWD.

All domestic water delivered by CVWD meets state and federal drinking water standards.

CVWD provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional stormwater protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves more than 107,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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