Local groundwater provides the sole drinking water supply for the Big Bear Valley (Valley), located in the San Bernardino Mountains of San Bernardino County, California. Drought conditions and a long‐term decline in precipitation trends have led local water and wastewater management agencies to investigate opportunities for supplemental supplies, which are extremely limited due to the high elevation and isolated location of the Valley. Currently, wastewater generated within the Valley is treated tosecondary standards and discharged outside of the watershed to irrigate crops in the Lucerne Valley.
This Recycled Water Facilities Planning Study (Study) evaluates alternatives to develop a Bear Valley Water Sustainability Project with the goal to retain highly treated wastewater within the Valley for beneficial use. The Project Team for this Study is comprised of the Big Bear Area Regional Wastewater Agency (BBARWA), Big Bear City Community Services District (BBCCSD), Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power (BBLDWP), and Big Bear Municipal Water District (BBMWD). The Project Team recognizes that retaining recycled water in the watershed for beneficial use would significantly increase the sustainability of local water supplies and has partnered to jointly fund and prepare this Study. This Study was funded in part by a grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Water Recycling Funding Program.
|Bear Valley Sustainability Study.pdf