The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $48 million loan under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) to the city of Oxnard, California, in support of its Aquifer Storage Recovery Project.
“Communities across the West — including Oxnard, California — face ongoing water challenges due to climate change and the worst mega drought in a millennium. This challenge requires using multiple tools, including recycling our water to get more value out of every drop,” said Radhika Fox, EPA Assistant Administrator for Water. “The 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 investments to communities coast-to-coast with the $50 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
The City of Oxnard’s Aquifer Storage Recovery Project will increase the reliability of the water supply by expanding the production of recycled water.
The Oxnard Basin is an important source of water for the community, but is in a state of critical overdraft and is vulnerable to seawater intrusion. Additionally, the city forecasts significant water shortages through 2040 due to increasing droughts and groundwater limitations.
In response to these water supply challenges, the city will add 14.4 million gallons per day (MGD) of water to the capacity of the Advanced Water Purification Facility and associated distribution system. These efforts will allow the city to increase its supply of recycled water and reduce water security risk to the community.
“With climate change and the ongoing drought in California, investing in local water projects is critical to our future,” said Oxnard Mayor John C. Zaragoza. “This funding allows us to complete major infrastructure projects that ensure a reliable, local water source while delivering significant cost savings to our residents.”
The City of Oxnard will save approximately $19.2 million by being funded with a WIFIA loan. The construction work is expected to be completed in 2027.