Work is under way on the Sterling Natural Resource Center (SNRC) in the City of Highland, California, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide a sustainable new water supply for residents in the San Bernardino region.
When completed in late 2021, the SNRC will be capable of treating up to 10 million gallons of water every day, recharging the local Bunker Hill Groundwater Basin and significantly boosting the region's water independence by optimizing natural resources and turning wastewater into a previously untapped, sustainable water source.
WSP USA is a sub-consultant to the prime design consultant Arcadis for the project, working on behalf of the East Valley Water District. The project team is led by Balfour Beatty and also includes Ruhnau Clarke Architects, Trussell Technologies and Inframark.
“Our aquifers are thirsty,” said Zack Isnasious, WSP project manager. “The Bunker Hill Basin is at historic lows, yet (East Valley Water District Board President) Chris Carrillo said that it still allows six million gallons of water to leave this region every single day to go to another place where they use it. The Sterling Natural Resource Center is going to stop that.”
The SNRC is being constructed on 14-acres, which includes a treatment facility on the eastern side of the property, while an administration center is being constructed on the western section of the property. The administration center will include a multipurpose hall to host local events, a park, water bodies and an amphitheater.
“The new facility is going to create some fantastic opportunities for the surrounding community, with space that can be used for education and training,” Isnasious said. “The property will also enhance the natural beauty of the neighborhood and establish an important new habitat for the endangered Santa Ana sucker fish,” Isnasious said.
The Santa Ana sucker is a freshwater fish found in only a handful of Southern California streams. It is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.