The City of Patterson owns and operates a Water Quality Control Facility (WQCF) that treats wastewater from Patterson and the community of Diablo Grande. The WQCF ensures water treated by the City is clean and safe for the environment and in compliance with applicable State and Federal regulations.
The City is currently constructing a new administration building at the WQCF that is being financed wholly by the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).
CWSRF is a federal-state partnership that provides communities with low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Since its inception CWSRF has helped communities throughout the nation meet the goals of the Clean Water Act by improving water quality, achieving and maintaining compliance with environmental laws, protecting aquatic wildlife, protecting and restoring drinking water sources, and preserving the nation’s waters for recreational use/
CWSRF funding helps benefit American manufacturing. The American Iron and Steel (AIS) provision of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act requires CWSRF projects to use iron and steel products produced in the United States.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE)
CWSRF also helps remove barriers that allow for participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). DBEs are for-profit small business concerns where socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations. This includes African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific and Subcontinent Asian Americans, and women are presumed to be socially and economically disadvantaged.
The new administration building will provide a central location to manage and operate the WQCF. The new 3,200 square foot building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified LEED certification focuses on improving energy savings, water efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED certification not only benefits the environment, workers and users of the building, but also qualifies the City for partial forgiveness of the project loan through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Project Reserve (GPR) fund.
The new administration building will include offices for plant operators, a central operations control room, conference room, breakroom, restrooms, locker and shower facilities and a laboratory. Construction is anticipated to be complete by February 2021.
Additional information on the project and the CWSRF program can be obtained from the City’s Public Works Department or the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Financial Assistance at https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf