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San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Awarded $300,000 Grant To Increase Water Conservation


Alhambra , CA United States

Funding will Assist Cities of Alhambra, Monterey Park and Sierra Madre To Implement Automated Meter Reading Project

October 10, 2018 – Azusa, CA: The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
(SGVMWD) has been awarded a grant of $300,000 for a “Regional Smart Meter
AMR/AMI Project” to upgrade 2,975 water meters with the latest automated, real-time
technology. Such technology is extremely efficient in helping water professionals
manage water usage, including detection of over-watering and leaks. The funds were
made possible by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Water and Energy
Efficiency Grant. The District’s grant will provide $125,000 to Alhambra and Sierra
Madre and $50,000 to Monterey Park, and help the cities upgrade or replace analog
utility meters with new digital technology that offers real-time consumption data and
timely leak detection to save water.
“We’re honored to receive this grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. It’s
extremely timely as the San Gabriel Valley’s groundwater supplies have reached historic
low levels. This initiative is in keeping with our Board’s recent Resolution focused on
increasing water conservation and water supply reliability, and will help our member
cities further institutionalize water conservation technology and processes,” stated
Thomas Wong, President, SGVMWD Board of Directors.

“We worked closely with our member cities to develop a proposal with strong water-
conservation benefits, as well as co-funding partnership commitments that led to a very

high ranking for our proposal. Each of our cities has made a significant commitment to
save water, and each will be able to expand their automated meter reading programs
through this grant,” said Darin Kasamoto, General Manager, SGVMWD.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman recently announced that the
Bureau has selected 54 projects to receive a total of $26.5 million through WaterSMART
water and energy efficiency grants. This funding will be leveraged to accomplish
approximately $167 million in improvements throughout the West. The projects funded
with these grants include canal lining and piping, automated gates and control systems,
and installation of advanced metering.
“Improving water efficiency is an important part of ensuring communities have a
reliable water supply in the future,” Commissioner Burman said. “The projects we’ve

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selected today will help communities throughout the western United States by
providing them with tools they can use to better manage their water needs,” Burman
About the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District
The mission of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is to provide reliable
supplemental water for the communities of Alhambra, Azusa, Monterey Park and Sierra
Madre in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.
The District was formed in 1959 after winning approval from the voters of Alhambra,
Azusa, Monterey Park, and Sierra Madre. In anticipation of its long-term water needs,
the District entered into a contract with the State of California Department of Water

Resources in 1962 for the import of 25,000 acre-feet of water per year (now 28,800 acre-
feet per year) from the State Water Project to supplement local water supplies in the San

Gabriel Valley. The District is one of 29 State Water Contractors who obtain water from
the State Water Project. The District operates the 38-mile Devil Canyon-Azusa pipeline
which connects to the State Water Project, as well as several other facilities including a
hydroelectric plant. The District also provides extensive public education and water
conservation services throughout its service area. The Board of Directors meets regularly
the second Monday of each month at 8 a.m. at District headquarters in Azusa. For more
information please visit our website: www.sgvmwd.org.

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