The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $48 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Oxnard, Calif., to support its Aquifer Storage Recovery Project.
“Communities across the west — including in Oxnard, Calif. — are facing sustained water challenges as a result of climate change and the worst megadrought in a millennium. This challenge calls for using multiple tools, including recycling our water to get more use from every drop,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “EPA is proud to provide this $48 million loan to help Oxnard expand water reuse. We are working to bring the benefits of water infrastructure investment to communities from coast to coast with $50 billion through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.”
The City of Oxnard’s Aquifer Storage Recovery Project will increase water supply reliability by expanding its recycled water production.
The Oxnard Basin is a key water source for the community, but it is in a state of critical overdraft and vulnerable to seawater intrusion. Additionally, the city projects substantial water shortages by 2040 due to increased droughts and groundwater restrictions.
In response to these water supply challenges, the city will expand the capacity of the Advanced Water Purification Facility and the associated distribution system by 14.4 million gallons of water per day (MGD). This effort will allow the city to increase its recycled water supply and reduce water security risk for the community.
“In the face of climate change and California’s ongoing drought, investing in local water projects is vital for our future,” said Oxnard Mayor John C. Zaragoza. “This funding allows us to complete major infrastructure projects that will ensure a reliable, local water resource while also providing significant cost savings for our residents.”
The City of Oxnard will save approximately $19.2 million by financing with a WIFIA loan. Construction is expected to be completed in 2027.