Amador Water Agency

$5 MILLION FOR AMADOR COUNTY WATER TREATMENT PLANT INCLUDED IN REQUEST FOR DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

PHOTO ATTACHED: Amador Water Agency’s Tanner Water Treatment Plant on Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. A request for $5 million in federal funds to help pay for improving capacity and reliability at the plant that supplies water to much of lower elevation Amador County has been included in Senator Alex Padilla’s list of budget requests for improving California water infrastructure.

For immediate release: 6/11/2024

Contact: Larry McKenney, AWA General Manager, 209-223-3018

(Sutter Creek) U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (CA) has included a $5 million funding request for Amador Water Agency in his list of requests for California water infrastructure for the Fiscal Year 2024-25 federal budget. Securing the funding depends on the further actions of Congress in developing and passing the budget.

AWA requested the funding to help pay for capacity and reliability improvements for the Tanner Water Treatment Plant, which provides drinking water to the Cities of Jackson, Sutter Creek, Amador City, and Plymouth, and the unincorporated areas of Drytown, Sutter Hill, Ridge Road, and the Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort.

The treatment plant currently operates at the limit of its capacity in the summer months. It needs to be improved to increase capacity to be reliable in case of any equipment outage, and to be able to accommodate service requests for new housing and other development projects. Both the Tanner Plant and AWA’s Ione Water Treatment Plant were identified in the Agency’s Water Master Plan Study as being in urgent need of improvement, which was a significant driver for the Agency’s rate adjustments that began in 2021.

AWA is currently preparing to issue $19 million in bonds to make improvements to the Ione plant and has been working on grants and other financing for the Tanner plant, which needs more than $20 million in improvements. In Senator Padilla’s list of funding requests for water projects, $5 million was the most requested for any single project.

AWA made its request to Senator Padilla in collaboration with Amador County, and the request was supported by letters from Amador County, the City of Sutter Creek, the City of Jackson, the Ione Band of Miwok Indians, and State Senator Marie Alvarado-Gil.

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For Immediate Release