May 7, 2020; Azusa, California - The Board of Directors of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (the “District”) finalized a historic grant agreement at its April 2020 Board meeting to provide nearly $1.9 million to its member agency, the City of Sierra Madre, to fund the City’s portion of a joint water well with the City of Arcadia. The grant will enable Sierra Madre, which is located in the Santa Anita Sub-Area of the Raymond Basin, outside of the Main San Gabriel Basin, to acquire, for the first time, a direct connection to the Main San Gabriel Basin. Arcadia is also investing independently in the project. The Grant Agreement had received preliminary approval from the District’s Board in February 2020.
Sierra Madre has long been confronted with the challenge of a diminishing ground water supply. In addition, the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District’s most recent Integrated Resource Plan identified an existing water exchange agreement with the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) for delivery of treated water to the City of Sierra Madre as a viable, but not optimal, long- term solution to the Sierra Madre’s water supply challenges. The creation of the joint well will provide a long-term solution that alleviates a decades-old challenge in Sierra Madre and, at the same time, ensures the District’s water portfolio is enhanced for each of its four member cities.
District Board Member Miles Prince (Division IV – Sierra Madre) stated, “The District is excited to extend its support to the City of Sierra Madre to increase its long-term water supply reliability. We also appreciate the collaborative manner in which the cities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia have worked.” District General Manager, Darin Kasamoto, added, “For many years, we stayed focused on the goal of establishing a reliable water supply for Sierra Madre. It took some time, but the effort of everyone involved is a model for the type of cooperation necessary to deliver a safe, reliable and sustainable water supply to the residents of our District.”
Sierra Madre Mayor, John Capoccia commented, “This historic agreement proves the wisdom of our forefathers in 1959, when Sierra Madre, along with Azusa, Alhambra and Monterey Park formed the San Gabriel Municipal Valley Water District, opting for local control of their water supply destiny. As a result, Sierra Madre has avoided unnecessary tax assessments, and now we have access to an auxiliary water supply when we need it most. I am very happy and impressed with the District’s leadership as well as that of our good neighbor and friend Arcadia!”
Sierra Madre and Arcadia have begun the process of identifying a suitable location for the well. The District will provide updates on the progress of this important project.
The San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District is one of 29 State Water Contractors which receive an annual allocation of imported water from the State Water Project. The District