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Surface water project receives federal funds
Stanislaus Regional Water Authority Board members pose for picture during the ceremonial groundbreaking of the site of the future surface water treatment plant in August 2018 (Journal file photo).

Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for Turlock and Ceres’ surface water treatment plant project.

“Farmers and folks who live in Ceres need access to a consistent and reliable water source – and that’s just what this project will provide,” said Harder. “Bringing home federal funding for water projects is one of my top priorities, and this is just the first of several investments I’m working on.”

In 2018, the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority, made up of the Cities of Turlock and Ceres — and in partnership with the Turlock Irrigation District — broke ground on the site of the future surface water treatment plant which is slated to deliver treated Tuolumne River water to Turlock homes by 2022.

The estimated cost of project in October 2017 was $278 million, with Turlock paying $172 million, Ceres $100 million and TID $6 million. Both the cities of Turlock and Ceres have adopted water rate increases to help pay for the project. The project also received $30 million from the Parks Bond Act of June 2018 and another grant worth $5 million.