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EPA to Announce Millions to Improve Local Water Infrastructure, Water Quality in San Joaquin, Statewide

Release Date: 10/01/2014
Contact Information: City of Fresno: Mark Standriff, California State Water Resources Board: Kathie Smith, 916-341-5263, U.S. EPA: Nahal Mogharabi, 213-244-1815,

Agency Highlights water conservation in the city of Fresno, reducing water use by 25%
LOS ANGELES – U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld, along with Fresno Public Utilities Director Thomas Esqueda, and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), will announce millions in funding to the state that will improve local water infrastructure and control water pollution statewide resulting in significant public health benefits, especially to the San Joaquin Valley. The funding announced today will be used for a wide variety of water quality projects, including pollution control, water and energy efficiency projects, drinking water infrastructure improvements, technical assistance, and traditional municipal wastewater treatment projects.

In addition, EPA will highlight $51 Million to the state that was used to conserve water through the installation of water meters in communities within the City of Fresno. On January 17 Governor Brown declared a drought state of emergency and state law requires home water meters by 2025. Since the installation of the meters was completed in 2014, water usage has decreased by 25%.

WHO: Jared Blumenfeld, EPA Regional Administrator
Tommy Esqueda, Director, Fresno Department of Public Utilities
          Tricia Wathen, Senior Sanitary Engineer, Division of Drinking Water Programs, SWRCB
      Other state and local officials
      Meter project participants

WHAT: Announce Millions of Dollars to Improve Water
Highlight Fresno Water Conservation Project

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014
11:00 a.m.
**Media should plan to arrive no later than 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Roberts Home
          5634 W. River Bottom Ave, Fresno, CA 93722

VISUALS: Media can view the installed water meter at the home. Water meters will also be on display. The event will take place in the Robert’s backyard where the San Joaquin River can be seen.

RSVP REQUIRED: *** Credentialed press who would like to attend this event, or for more information please e-mail Nahal Mogharabi, or Kathie Smith,

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