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Local Leaders Find New Partnerships in Recycled Water

The San Bernardino Valley took another step toward the development of recycled water today, when the City of San Bernardino and its Water Department reached an agreement to resolve all current litigation with San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District. A negotiation team consisting of elected officials and staff members from each agency reached a solution that benefits residents living in this region.

"This settlement represents a revitalized spirit of cooperation for this community and lays the groundwork for many more valuable regional partnerships in the future," said San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Board President Susan Longville. "This agreement marks a new chapter for recycled water development and sustainability of our local groundwater basin."

Following several weeks of joint discussions, community leaders found common ground to promote water reliability. As with all major initiative investments, this agreement spurs a transition that will take place over several years. This will shift how wastewater is treated and utilized to enhance the local groundwater supply for nearly 700,000 people within San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District’s service area.

"With this collaboration among agencies comes an opportunity for a higher level of public service," said City of San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis. "Starting today, we can take a look at how we can work together to maximize benefits to the residents of our communities."

"Investing in the future of our water supply is essential for this region," said San Bernardino Water Department President Toni Callicott. "An important step in preparing for future droughts is enhancing the reliability of this precious resource."

The new agreement recognizes the importance of working together to develop regional recycled water as an alternative source of supply. Multiple projects have been identified to achieve this goal, including construction of the Sterling Natural Resource Center and Clean Water Factory.

"We have all been entrusted with the responsibility of serving our community and taking steps to ensure reliability for the future," said East Valley Water District Chairman Ronald Coats. "We look forward to the many opportunities for new partnerships and collaborations moving forward."

Media contact: Kelly Malloy, East Valley Public Affairs Manager, 909-885-4900.