Sterling Natural Resource Center
About the Project
The Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) is a state-of-the-art facility in Highland, California, that will provide a sustainable new water supply to boost the region's water independence.
Capable of treating up to 8 million gallons a day, the SNRC will recharge the local Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin and create new opportunities for the surrounding community in the form of:
The SNRC's Treatment Facility is anticipated to begin operations in 2024.
The SNRC was constructed on a 20-acre parcel of land. The Treatment Facility is located on the eastern property while the Administration Center is located on the western parcel. The collection/conveyance pipelines would be constructed along the existing rights of way.
Sterling Natural Resource Center Address
25318 5th Street
Highland CA 92410
Replenishing the Local Water Supply
The SNRC will transform and enhance the region's water supply by:
- Creating a new, local source of water for the community and 600,000 residents in the region.
- Replenishing the Bunker Hill Basin with recycled water, the region will be able to store hundreds of millions of gallons of water for dry years.
- This effort creates an opportunity to assist with meeting both local water agencies' needs and environmental commitments.
In addition to recycling wastewater, the SNRC will use co-digestion technology to give food waste a new purpose and maximize this resource to create renewable electricity. There may be a potential to use the material that remains after energy generation to produce fertilizer.
This enhancement represents a significant improvement to the project by allowing the SNRC to produce enough renewable electricity to meet the facility’s energy needs, with additional electricity transferred onto the energy grid.
Construction for the Sterling Natural Resource Center began in late 2018. The Administrative Center was completed in 2022 and the Treatment Facility is anticipated to begin operations in 2024.
On October 20, 2018, local officials and community members joined East Valley Water District (EVWD) to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC). Read the official press release here.
Construction Time-Lapse Video
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Funding for this Sterling Natural Resource Center project has been provided in full or in part by the Proposition 1 - the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund is capitalized through a variety of funding sources, including grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state bond proceeds.
The Urban Greening Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zeroemission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.