California Assembly Member Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) toured San Gabriel Valley Water Company’s (SGVWC) Fontana Water Company Division’s (FWC) Lytle Creek surface water intakes and Sandhill Water Treatment Plant on Friday, March 15, 2013.
FWC’s water supply comes from Lytle Creek surface flow and from wells in the Lytle, Rialto, and Chino Basins, and another groundwater basin known as No Man’s Land. Lytle Creek surface flow begins at the Intake, located in the Lytle Creek Canyon north of FWC’s service area. Water from Lytle Creek is diverted into the “upper penstock” pipeline where it flows by gravity to the Afterbay.
The Afterbay is a diversion facility located immediately downstream from Southern California Edison Company’s hydroelectric power plant. Once surface water enters the Afterbay, it is delivered to FWC where it is blended with water from the State Water Project. The water then flows by pipeline to FWC’s Sandhill Surface Water Treatment Plant, a 20 million-gallon-per-day plant used for treatment and disinfection, before entering the distribution system.
Assembly Member Brown was accompanied by her District Director, Daniel Enz, SGVWC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Whitehead, and FWC General Manager Robert Young.