FALLBROOK – The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) was awarded $1.59 million from the Community Grants Program administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the District’s Lift Station and Sewer Improvement Project.
The grant required the RMWD’s project to be selected for appropriation by a member of Congress. Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) and his office partnered with RMWD to introduce the project to an appropriations sub-committee.
“We are grateful to Congressman Issa and the Pala Band of Indians on this monumental grant award,” said Jake Wiley, RMWD general manager. “This grant will assist with funding the Thoroughbred Lift Station and Sewer Improvement Project to enhance water services for the community.”
The Lift Station and Sewer Improvement Project will expand a critical station reaching the end of its useful life, two gravity mains, and one force main. The project improvements are required to replace deteriorating and undersized sewer lines alongside the San Luis Rey River.
The size and location of the existing sewer lines near and under the river create significant inflows during storms that can lead to sewer overflows. The project will move the sewer line from under the river onto a bridge over the river to prevent future damage to infrastructure.
In addition to support from Congressman Issa, the Pala Band of Mission Indians provided a letter of support for the project proposal. The project relocates and replaces critical wastewater infrastructure currently constructed on land traced to and traditionally occupied by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and their ancestors of Cupeño and Luiseño descent.
The project is immediately adjacent to important Luiseño cultural features (grinding stones) in the San Luis Rey River bed that will be protected from future sewer failure or maintenance work.
“Our team has made tremendous strides to research and apply for grants to fund capital improvement projects,” said Hayden Hamilton, RMWD board president. “We are aggressively seeking grant funding to help offset the costs of needed infrastructure improvements.”