Public Invited to Tour New Mesa Verde Water Treatment Facility Wednesday
MESA VERDE – After spending $11.6 million to provide Mesa Verde residents with an adequate water supply, local officials will join community leaders and members of the public Wednesday afternoon to celebrate.
“Mesa Verde struggled with a dilapidated and failing water system for many years,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “Wednesday’s event will showcase the culmination of many years of hard work and focus to serve the residents of Mesa Verde.”
The event will take place in Mesa Verde, a rural community eight miles west of the City of Blythe, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The ceremony at the Mesa Verde Water Treatment Facility at 16870 West Hobson Way near Blythe will be followed by site tours.
The Mesa Verde Water Treatment Facility features an 839-square-foot chemical building and 4,500-square-foot treatment plant that can treat 900 gallons per minute and up to 1.3 million gallons per day. The $6.5 million facility treats water to below state maximum levels for fluoride and arsenic. The facility was funded by joint city of Blythe and county redevelopment and by the U.S. Department of Agriculture- Rural Utility funds.
The Mesa Verde Water Distribution System project was conceived in 2002 and built in five phases, as funding became available.
First, a new well, Airport Well No. 8, was dug at the Blythe Airport, on the north side of Interstate 10, in November 2007. This provided a new source of water to supply the Mesa Verde water distribution system. The construction of new water lines and a new transmission pipeline conveyed this water to Mesa Verde residences on the south side of Interstate 10.
In 2010, construction was completed on a one-million-gallon water storage reservoir to provide the necessary water storage for the new system. This reservoir will provide water should the well ever be temporarily out of commission.
The construction of the water treatment facility was the fifth and final phase. In addition to serving residents, this project will facilitate the expansion of commercial projects around the Blythe Airport.
In recent years, the Mesa Verde community has seen the complete resurfacing and paving of roads in the community and the completion of the 5,937-square-foot Roy Wilson Community & Child Care Center, which brings counseling and senior activities to Mesa Verde.
“Riverside County continues to invest in beneficial projects that improve the quality of life for Blythe area residents,” Benoit said.
Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Markeshia Babers of the Riverside County Economic Development Agency at 951-955-3173.