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Piping Project Gets Million-Dollar Federal Grant

Post Date:07/26/2016 10:31 AM

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Contact: Jesse Saich, Public Information Officer, (530) 642-4127,

Placerville, Calif. — At its July 25 meeting, the EID board of directors voted to enter into a grant agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the amount of $1.0 million for the Upper Main Ditch Piping Project.

This grant funding marks five years of successful applications for grant awards from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as conservation charges EID imposed on the developer of El Dorado Hills’ Carson Creek subdivision. In total, over $3.56 million in outside funding has been acquired to offset project costs.

“The Reclamation grant, along with other outside funding, accounts for approximately 40 percent of the total project cost,” said Tom Cumpston, EID’s acting general manager. “In addition, piping the ditch is a water efficiency action that helps us meet the Governor’s mandate to reduce per capita water use by 20 percent by 2020—and we must meet that mandate to remain eligible for state grants and low-cost loans.”

The purpose of the piping project is to replace a three-mile section of water supply ditch with a buried pipeline. The ditch conveys up to 15,080 acre-feet of raw water each year from Forebay Reservoir to EID’s Reservoir 1 Water Treatment Plant in Pollock Pines.

Piping this section of open earthen ditch will minimize water loss and add as much as 1,300 acre-feet of usable supply each year. The pipe will also protect water quality and help save money on maintenance and treatment processes.

In the short term, piping the ditch has the additional potential to increase hydroelectric revenue by approximately $200,000 per year in normal water years.

“The project reduces the potential for contamination, eliminates water loss, and increases hydroelectric revenue. Piping the ditch adds long-term resilience to EID’s water system that will continue to pay dividends long after the project has returned our community’s investment,” said Cumpston. “These multiple benefits explain why we have been so successful in attracting outside funding that reduces the cost to our ratepayers.”



EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.

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