The Sterling Natural Resource Center is being funded by a variety of sources. Funding has been provided in full or in part by the Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.
California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund is capitalized through a variety of funding sources, including grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state bond proceeds.
The approved project guaranteed maximum price is $182.6 million. The addition of co-generation digestion technology to the facility could create enough electricity to offset all of the energy needs of the Sterling Natural Resource Center and contribute additional energy for the electrical grid, which is one of the District’s largest costs for operations.
EVWD is continuously looking for additional funding services for the project, including additional grants and low-interest loans.
As part of responsible governance, cost estimates have been calculated based on the actual operating costs of similar facilities.
The SNRC was awarded $6.7 million in grant funds from the State. These funds will help oﬀset the existing customer’s portion of project costs.
Currently, the project has reached $150 million in funding from the California State Water Resources Control Board.
In July 209, the Sterling Natural Resource Center secured $1.49 million in funding from the California Natural Resources Agency for the development of a demonstration garden that will also serve as new community outdoor space. Click here to learn more.
Future developers will be responsible for their portion of the project costs proportionate to their impact on the wastewater system. This payment will be a requirement of any development agreement with East Valley Water District.
There are approximately 5,000 units of new development that have been identiﬁed within East Valley Water District’s service area. These new customers will be sharing approximately 40% of the project cost when the plant is expanded to 10 million gallons a day.
The California State Water Resources Control Board approved $119 million in low-interest loans for the SNRC. These funds come from California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF). CWSRF provides low-interest loans to public agencies for planning, design, and construction of water recycling projects.
EVWD customers currently pay over $7 million per year for wastewater treatment. The wastewater treatment charge is passed through to the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department. Construction of the SNRC will result in those charges being used to operate and maintain that facility.
Existing ratepayers will only be responsible for contributing to the facility needs of treating approximately 6 million gallons a day (current ﬂows) of wastewater. An additional 4 million gallons a day of treatment capacity will be paid for by new development.
It is anticipated that wastewater fees will remain the same with the new facility and customers will have savings over time compared to projected wastewater costs.