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SAWPA’s Strategic Plan

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 – Consulting Services for Recomputation of Ambient Water Quality in the SARW for the Period 1996-2015

The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) requests proposals from qualified consultants to compute the current-ambient water quality (AWQ) for nitrate and TDS for all groundwater management zones in the Santa Ana River watershed. This effort satisfies groundwater monitoring requirements in the Water Quality Control Plan for the Santa Ana River Basin (Basin Plan).

Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2016 to Mark Norton, Water Resources & Planning Manager, SAWPA, 11615 Sterling Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503.

RFP for Consulting Services for Recomputation of Ambient Water Quality in the SARW for Period 1996-2015

(Posted 4/20/16)
(Post Revised 4/28/16)


BID CLOSED – Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project – Phase 2

Sealed Bids for construction of the Inland Empire Brine Line Reach V Rehabilitation and Improvement Project – Phase 2, addressed to Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (Owner), will be received at the office of the General Manager, 11615 Sterling Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503, until 10:00 a.m. local time, on the 21st day of January 2016, and will be publicly opened and read aloud. Any Bids received after this specified time and date will not be opened or considered.

Bidding Documents may be purchased from the Owner’s office for $60. Prospective bidder shall visit SAWPA office, and must call Zyanya Blancas to register at (951) 354-4220 or email her at

A NON-MANDATORY (attendance is highly recommended) pre-bid conference will be held on January 6, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the SAWPA office, 11615 Sterling Avenue, Riverside, CA 92503.

Bid Opening Results

Invitation to Bid

Addendum 2

Addendum 1

Reach V  Phase 2 Bid Specifications

Reach V Phase 2 Bid Drawings

Planholder List - Last updated 1/18/2016



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: The $64 million Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) grant application submitted to the State in 2015 was fully funded. SAWPA and the project proponents are working on executing individual funding contractors to distribute the $64 million. See the State’s funding map.
  • OWOW 2014 Implementation: Implementation of the $22 million Emergency Drought Grant 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.
  • OWOW Round 2 Implementation: The Proposition 84 IRWM Implementation Round 2 Grant Agreements have been executed between the project proponents and SAWPA. The projects funded are being implemented throughout the watershed.

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