WASHINGTON (KYMA, KECY) – Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03) announced more than $5 million in funding from the Department of the Interior (DOI) for infrastructure in Yuma.
The funding will be invested in repairs across Yuma, including for channel linings, dam spillways and water main replacements.
“As a historic and prolonged drought hits the southwest, it is essential that our aging water infrastructure is sustainably updated,” said Representative Grijalva. “Climate change will continue to impact water resources and our way of life, so we must prepare, conserve and adapt. I’m proud to have helped secure this federal funding through the act. bipartisan on infrastructure and I will continue to advocate for projects that will create jobs, fight climate change and build resilience to drought.
The bipartisan Infrastructure Act has helped fund many of Yuma’s projects, which can be read below.
- Channel replacements
- This project will finance all or part of the replacement of several channels in our water distribution system. A number of very old channels in our system have been identified as needing replacement following many years of repairs and continued deterioration. The deterioration is observed not only in the transmission pipe itself, but also in the piles and concrete abutments that support these elements. Failure of any of these channels would result in very significant system outages affecting all of our downstream shareholders. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Gila Diversion Engine and Gearbox Replacement Project
- The Gila Diversion Engine and Gearbox Replacement Project is an Imperial Dam project that will rectify the aging Category 2 RO&M recommendation at the dam, increase dam operating efficiency and reduce infrastructure maintenance aging. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Gila Gravity (GG) Waste #1
- This project involves the Gila Gravity Main Canal (GGMC) which carries water from the Colorado River to the greater Yuma area. This is an outstanding and aged recommendation and the spillway is in very poor condition. Several parties contribute to the upkeep of the GGMC, many of which are small and underfunded. BIL financing would accelerate the completion of this project. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Gila Gravity Main Channel Repair (GGMC)
- Gila Gravity Main Channel (GGMC) Repairs Siltation has been a recurring problem on the GGMC for over a decade. The O&M Road is the primary access to the heavily used area of Mittry Lake, so traffic on this road far exceeds what was anticipated in the design of the facility nearly 100 years ago. This project would help make necessary repairs that would ensure safety by stabilizing siltation and protecting the O&M road. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Rebuild Gila Bypass Gate Pair Project
- Rebuild One Gila Diversion Gate Pair Project is an imperial dam project with minimal design requirements, minimal permit requirements, and facilitates the delivery of water from the Colorado River to southern Arizona. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Imbeds repair on the Gila Diversion Gate project
- Repair Imbeds on Gila Diversion Gate Project is an Imperial Dam project with minimal design requirements, minimal permit requirements, and is operated to facilitate the delivery of water from the Colorado River to southern Arizona. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Replace manual radial gate controls throughout the Yuma Mesa project within YMIDD with radio controlled actuators
- Allow gates to be controlled from district headquarters. YMIDD serves the larger Yuma mesa area as well as wheel deliveries to a second water district, Unit B. Although Unit B is small, both YMIDD and Unit B have a large amount of water ordered but not diverted (WOND), in part because their system is manually operated. This project would modernize the system, allowing for greater operational efficiency that could significantly reduce WOND in these two districts. Funding is provided for implementation.
- Study/replacement of main western canal heading
- The West Main Canal Heading is centrally located in Yuma, Arizona against two main roads, a bike path, and low-income residential areas. Due to the age of the system and fluctuating flow, the feature has experienced a significant decline close to overflow in recent years. A study is proposed to assess the structure, identify required maintenance and replace or rehabilitate the project to meet treaty requirements and protect the public in this urban area. Funding is provided for implementation.