California Water Pretreatment Facility Gets Grant

FEMA's announcement said the pretreatment facility will filter out debris, turbidity, and heavy metals discharged into the watershed that feeds the New Hogan Reservoir.

Calaveras County is getting a grant of approximately $2.8 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services for a water pretreatment facility located at the Jenny Lind Water Treatment Plant, near the town of Jenny Lind; the grant came about because of the Butte Wildfire, which began Sept. 9, 2015, and created the need for a pretreatment facility to remove contaminants and sediments in the potable water supply. FEMA's announcement said the pretreatment facility will filter out debris, turbidity, and heavy metals discharged into the watershed that feeds the New Hogan Reservoir.

FEMA is paying 75 percent of the eligible costs, with a 25 percent match by the Calaveras County Water District. The total cost is expected to be $3.75 million.

The plant supplies water to 10,000 customers and uses water from the Calaveras River, just downstream of the reservoir. The reservoir will discharge these contaminants during heavy rains for up to 20 years.

The source of the grant is the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant program. The grants are available to state, tribal, local governments and some non-profit organizations.

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