10.29.09

Schiff Secures Federal Support for Two Public Works Projects that will Improve Public Health and Safety

Official Seal of the US House of Representatives

Thursday, October 29, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Schiff Secures Federal Support for Two Public Works Projects that will Improve Public Health and Safety

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed the Department of the Interior Appropriations Act (H.R. 2996), which included funding Representative Adam Schiff helped secure for two important public works projects in South Pasadena and Temple City. The City of South Pasadena will receive $300,000 to help replace the Wilson Reservoir, which is South Pasadena’s most critical water storage facility. The bill also included $200,000 for Temple City to construct an underground storm drain, which will remove a pool of stagnant water that has become a public safety hazard. The bill is expected to pass the Senate in the coming days and then will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

“The reservoir and storm water infrastructure in our community is in desperate need of reconstruction, and I'm very pleased we could obtain federal support for these vital public health efforts,” said Schiff. “The Wilson Reservoir provides critical access to drinking water, and the construction of the storm drain in Temple City will ensure that stagnant water doesn’t spread disease.”

The Wilson Reservoir was purchased in 1923 and holds 900,000 gallons. It does not meet current earthquake standards and an inspection report has indicated that a severe roof collapse could occur at any time. The reservoir is the City's most critical water storage site, and if it is taken out of service the City will be completely dependent upon outside water sources. South Pasadena is going to provide matching funds to help complete the project.

The funds for Temple City will be used to construct a storm drain on an easement that runs through private property to Arden Drive, which is creating a pool of stagnant and unsanitary water on Green Street.