PALMDALE — The Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency is applying for state grant funds to complete pipeline projects that will help it to better handle its water supplies.
The grants are from funds set aside by Proposition 1, approved by state voters in 2014. It creates a competitive process for funding water storage projects based on their public benefits.
Because the agency is part of two regional integrated water management areas — Antelope Valley and Fremont Basin to the north — it may apply for two separate grants, officials said.
The larger project for which the agency is applying for funds is completion of the South-North Interceptor Pipeline, Phase II, or “the SNIP.” This pipeline on the Valley’s west side will allow the agency to recover water from the Westside Water Bank and deliver it to the treatment plant in Quartz Hill and further improve water quality and reliability, Assistant General Manager Matt Knudson said.
The agency is applying for $925,000 in grants for the project, which has a total price tag of $26.4 million.
“Although it’s a very small amount compared to the full cost of the project … it is some money that will tend to want to match,” GM Dwayne Chisam said.
The agency is also looking for federal funding for the project and has asked Rep. Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, for support.
Hill wanted to ensure the agency has also sought out all other possible funding sources in addition to federal funds,
“I think this checks that box and shows we are looking at all grant funding opportunities and not just going to her for federal funding,” he said. Funding for the application for that project is included under the agency’s agreement under the Antelope Valley Integrated Regional Water Management Plan.
The second project is a connector from the pipeline for the agency’s Rosamond Treatment Plant.
This project will connect the existing pipeline from the Westside Water Bank that heads north to the storage tank at the Rosamond plant, giving the agency the ability to blend water there and improve water quality and reliability for water sent north to Mojave and California City,
The agency is seeking about $350,000 in grant funds, which would cover the costs of the project.
Because this project would serve what are classified as disadvantaged communities, it does not require matching funds, Knudson said.