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    • Local Disadvantaged Community Project Funded July 2, 2015
      On June 24, 2015, the Department of Water Resources announced the award of the 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program whereby SAWPA’s regional project, the Water-Energy Community Action Network (WECAN), will receive a total of $2.3 Million. The funding for this grant […] […]
    • 2014 Riverwalk January 19, 2015
      A Volunteer Effort: The 2014 Riverwalk The Santa Ana River Watershed includes a mixture of urban, suburban and rural populations of people that border the Pacific Ocean, small creeks and the region’s central waterway, the Santa Ana River. The municipal […] […]

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) is a joint powers authority comprised of five member agencies:


agencies Eastern Municipal Water District
agencies Inland Empire Utilities Agency
agencies Orange County Water District
agencies San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
agencies Western Municipal Water District

Please note new Department of Industrial Relations requirements regarding the Public Works Contractor Registration Program:


Request for Proposals for Consulting Services for Implementation of the Santa Ana River Bacteria Monitoring Program

SAWPA is seeking proposals for consulting services for the implementation of the Santa Ana River Bacteria Monitoring Plan. This Plan supports the implementation of regulatory-related activities associated with the protection of recreational uses in the Santa Ana River Watershed.  This Plan also may include any additional bacterial indicator monitoring that may be conducted in the watershed to support regional regulatory activities or requirements.  Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2015.

RFP Document


Request for Proposals for Energy-Water Conservation Program Outreach and Management 

SAWPA is seeking proposals for Energy-Water Conservation Program Outreach and Management. Services are needed for a program manager(s) to provide these services to assist in the implementation of a water-energy conservation program that will 1) replace up to 260,000 square feet of turf grass with drought tolerant landscaping and 2) install indoor energy/water saving devices such as low-flow showerheads, thermostatic shutoff valves, or faucet aerators in approximately 1,600 homes. Services are also needed for providing a call-in center to be staffed part-time where residents interested and participating in the conservation program can inquire. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2015.

RFP Document


Request for Proposals for Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Services

SAWPA is seeking proposals for Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Services for the Santa Ana River Watershed. The services are needed for replacing up to 260,000 square feet of turf grass with drought tolerant landscaping. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

RFP Document

Inland Empire Brine Line

  • In August 2014, SAWPA issued a notice inviting bids for construction of the Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project On October 21, 2014, SAWPA awarded the construction of the project to Charles King Company.  The total contract amount is $12,561,000.  A notice to construct was issued to the contractor in January 2015.  The construction duration is 14 months and is anticipated to be complete in early 2016.    Funding for the Project is through the California State Water Resources Control Board Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Program. Click here to learn more about this project

One Water One Watershed (OWOW)

  • OWOW 2015 Implementation: Monthly OWOW workshops are being held at SAWPA to assist in the development of integrated, regional, system based and multi-benefit programs/projects. Projects can be related to water supply reliability, water quality improvement, flood management, stormwater recharge and capture, land use, environmental enhancement, or disadvantaged communities. See the OWOW webpage for more information.
  • Emergency Drought Grant Program: Implementation of the $22 million Program, a watershed-wide water use efficiency effort is now being planned through the Project Agreement (PA) 22 Committee. The PA 22 Committee, composed of the regional water agencies in the Santa Ana River Watershed, is planning the implementation of the program which will include watershed aerial imagery, tools and support for retail water agencies to develop conservation-based water rates, web-based and informational tools to encourage conservation, and turf replacement. See the OWOW webpage for more information.
  • Round 2: The Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Round 2 Grant Agreements have been executed and will be finalized between the project proponents and SAWPA very soon.

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    • Tap vs. Bottled – a Water Scientist Explains May 17, 2015
      Women in Water with Brenda Meyer, Principal Engineer at Western Municipal This was a question Brenda Meyer, principal engineer for Western Municipal Water District, never thought about growing up. Her childhood was spent on a small farm in rural Idaho. “We had a well and all of our drinking water was untreated groundwater,” she recalled. […] […]
    • The Secret Origins of Water March 22, 2015
      When you stop at a gas station and go inside to buy a bottle of water, some of the labels you see make a big deal out of the water’s origin. Evian and Arrowhead have pictures of pristine mountains on them. Perrier is a “Product of France.” Figi water comes from “artisanal wells” in Figi […] […]
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