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From the City: A History of Water in Beaumont

The city touts its long water history, including $100.4 million in water projects it has completed in the last dozen years.

Editor's Note: The following article was submitted for publication by the city of Beaumont.  Text by: Steve Moore.  Photos by: Rodrigo Pena.

Working together for water

More than a century ago, Beaumont farmers irrigated their crops with stream water.

Today, our water comes from a vast, computerized network of pipelines, pumps, and reservoirs.

Over the decades, these advances in water delivery have helped create a thriving, dynamic city of nearly 40,000 people. It’s our way of helping assure growth and prosperity for our hometown and protecting and enhancing the Beaumont Basin.

“The future possibilities of our Basin are almost limitless,” says Councilman Brian De Forge. “And by all of us working together, generations to come will be able to enjoy plentiful, high-quality and affordable water.”

Close ties

Working closely with the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District, the city of Beaumont has spent more than $100 million on water projects. This partnership has produced many new improvements that will brighten our future. (Developers pay fees to build public improvements under the city’s pioneering Community Facilities Districts program.)

Water lines now run under bustling Interstate 10 and lured the Beaumont Marketplace, Wal-Mart and Home Depot to town.  Strategic, new reservoirs can store 16.75 million gallons of water. Recycled water will soon keep our golf courses green to save precious groundwater.

Water projects

Since 2000, the Community Facilities Districts program has built the following projects:

  • Transmission lines: $24.4 million
  • Reservoirs: $23 million
  • Spreading ponds and water conservation projects: $16.8 million
  • Well upgrades (Palm Avenue): $12.5 million
  • Monitoring wells/water recycling projects: $2.5 million
  • Wastewater treatment plant expansion and upgrading, water recycling, and storm drains: $21.2 million

Total: $100.4 million

 The future

This forward-looking city always searches for opportunities to create a better tomorrow. And by working together, Beaumont can help advance the cause of water—just like our pioneering forefathers did.

Beaumont believes the private sector and local government can team up and serve the public interest when it comes to water.

“Beaumont’s inspired way of doing public improvements shows how builders and local government, working cooperatively, can improve everyday life,” said Mayor Roger Berg.

Beaumont’s Water History

  • 1887: Southern California Investment Co. subdivides Beaumont and Cherry Valley.
  • 1907: The Beaumont Land and Water Co. is formed and farmers divert stream water for their crops.
  • 1919: The Beaumont Irrigation District is formed and wells are drilled in Edgar Canyon.
  • 1935: The first wells are sunk in the Beaumont Basin.
  • 1961: The San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency is formed to bring State Project water to the area.
  • 1970: The Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District is formed.
  • 1993: The Community Facilities Districts program is created in Beaumont.
  • 1994: The city’s wastewater treatment plant is expanded and upgraded.
  • 2002: The first imported state water arrives by pipeline to the Beaumont Basin.
  • 2004: Water rights are established for the first time for major users under a process called adjudication.
  • 2012: Beaumont and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians sign an agreement where the tribe will store state water in the Beaumont Basin.

Mayor Pro tem David Castaldo has become the city’s “water ambassador,” working hand-in-hand with the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District and the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency.

“In Beaumont, we look for solutions and work together for the common good,” he said. “And just like previous generations, we’re good stewards of water.”

Judy Bingham October 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
They call them spin doctors now, Charles.
Judy Bingham October 29, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Yep, Urban Logic offered it in a MOU to their good buddy, Chuck Butcher, for a dollar. What a FRAUD if that had been carried through! Urban Logic Services managed the Waste Water Treatment Plant and Ernie Egger in a huge conflict of interest and in violation of State law did the Negative Declaration for every upgrade on the WWTP. The investment of millions of dollars by Beaumont's taxpayers meant nothing to them. Urban Logic just wanted to dump the cost of the 60.2 million dollar de salter onto the ratepayers of the Beaumont Cherry Valley Water District. Now years of mis - management (or worse) is coming to light and the City's sewer rates will have to be raised to pay for it--Instead of the ratepayers of Cherry Valley and Beaumont. Put the blame where it lies-- Berg, Fox, DeForge,Castaldo, Kapanicas, Egger, Moorjani and Dillon.The same group putting out the lies trotted out by Steve Moore. Your tax dollars at work.
Judy Bingham October 29, 2012 at 04:21 AM
In 2006: Beaumont Citizens for Responsible Growth attended a Town Hall Meeting hosted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to discuss air quality in the Pass area with particular emphasis on the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the City’s violation of California Health and Safety Codes. BCRG and CVAN members oppose giving away the City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant and reclaimed water project to the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District. Members agree it should go out for bid, as the water district has no provisions in their by-laws or daily regime for water treatment. Check out our history at www.bcrg.org
Judy Bingham October 29, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Here's an huge conflict of interest. Don't forget to mention that Urban Logic's Public Works Director, Deepak Moorjani as the City's Engineer is paid a percentage of the bonds when they are sold and also Alan Kapanicas, City Manager, gets a percentage for managing the bonds. We have never been able to get a straight answer on the percentage or how exactly how much they are paid. If Berg, Fox, Castaldo and DeForge cared about its citizens, they would stop working for TEAM URBAN LOGIC and fire them and their partner Alan Kapanicas.
Judy Bingham October 29, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Statement: Beaumont believes the private sector and local government can team up and serve the public interest when it comes to water. Response: Would that be TEAM URBAN LOGIC ? Our local government run by a for-profit private business, Urban Logic Consultants has violated Government Code 1090 since 1993-94 and all contracts and projects are null and void. We need a taxpayer lawsuit to recover what they have stolen from Beaumont's citizens.

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