Originally Formed to Install a Sewer System
Jurupa Community Services District (also referred to as JCSD or the District) has been serving the Jurupa area since 1956. JCSD was originally formed to install a sewer system for the area.The first JCSD Board of Directors was elected into office in 1956.
As JCSD became more of a known entity within the community, local citizens began to request the Board of Directors to solve other problems, the most important one being a good water supply. As the demand for services grew, the first general manager and secretary were hired in 1960. In order to finance the sewer distribution system and a treatment plant, General Obligation Bonds were sold. Construction of JCSD’s first sewer facilities was completed in 1961.
Consolidation and Improvement of Three Water Companies
A study was completed which recommended the sale of Water Revenue Bonds to finance the consolidation and improvement of three existing water companies in the Jurupa area. These three companies were the Jurupa Heights Water Company, the La Bonita Mutual Water Company and the Monte Rue Acres Mutual Water Company. This transaction and improvement of the water system took until 1966 to complete.
In response to citizens’ requests, the Board of Directors ordered a park and recreation plan prepared for facilities to be constructed on the District property at Jurupa Road, which was achieved through local citizens’ volunteer help. The first park facilities built by JCSD were a picnic area, a baseball diamond, fencing, sprinkler system, lawns and trees planted.
During this time, the water and sewer systems were being expanded and the purchase of other small water companies, including the Sunnyslope Water Company from the Rubidoux Community Services District was completed.
Consolidation of Wastewater Treatment Facilities
In 1972, a State and Federal mandated regional wastewater treatment plant, including Rubidoux Community Services District, Jurupa Community Services District and the City of Riverside, was ordered to consolidate all wastewater treatment facilities into one location. The existing Riverside Treatment Plant is located on Acorn Street in Riverside.
New Water and Wastewater Infrastucture
In 1979, a large project was completed which consisted of the construction of three new reservoirs, six miles of transmission pipeline, four new wells and one new booster station. Also included was a large pump station and sewer interceptor line from the District’s wastewater treatment plant to the new regional wastewater treatment plant at the City of Riverside’s Acorn Street location. Also in 1979, an agreement was entered into with a local property owner to build a sewage treatment plant, which would provide reclaimed water to irrigate a golf course centering a large residential development called Indian Hills.
Expansion of Jurupa Area Parks and Recreation
Federal funding was used to acquire more property for parks and recreation including the Knowles Field and the Community Center building on Pedley Road. This was achieved with a great deal of volunteer assistance from the local citizens. In 1984, the Parks Department split from the District and the separate Jurupa Area Recreation and Parks District was formed.
Since then, the District has grown through annexation from 26 square miles to 40.8 square miles, from 1,500 water connections to 32,230 water connections and currently serves a population of approximately 132,916 residents. The District also provides water through inter-ties to its neighboring water agencies - the City of Norco and the Santa Ana River Water Company.
Formation of Community Facilities District 1
In 1986/1987, representatives of Riverside County approached the District’s then General Manager, and inquired if the District would be interested in taking the lead agency position on the formation of a special assessment district located in north Mira Loma. Bonds would be sold to provide funding for the infrastructure of water, sewer, flood control and street improvements to enable the area of 1,900 acres to develop. This area is known as the Community Facilities District No. 1 (CFD) and in 1992 the property owners voted to expand the boundaries from 1,900 acres to 3,000 acres with authority for bonded indebtedness of $90,000,000. This CFD area has proved to be a very sought after area for large distribution outlets for national companies which brings development and jobs to the community.
Formation of Graffiti Abatement Program
In 1992/1993 the Board of Directors, recognizing a need to eradicate the growing blight of graffiti within the District’s service area, authorized the formation of the Graffiti Abatement Program through the Landscaping and Lighting Maintenance Act of 1972. This assessment district has been very successful, not only in eradicating the graffiti, but also in keeping the costs down to the property owners.
Parks and Recreation in the Eastvale Area
In 1996, the District formulated and approved a Park Plan for a portion of its service area known as the Eastvale area. Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) have been, and are continuing to be, formed to provide the financing mechanism for acquisition and improvement of the parkland and also to provide for the ongoing maintenance. There are 41 CFDs that have been formed to date. There are approximately 250 acres of community and neighborhood parks open to the public or in different stages of development.
Eastvale is a developing area that is expected to add a further 22,000 connections to the District with an expected population of 66,000. Currently, there are approximately 14,465 occupied dwellings in the Eastvale area with 36 housing tracts currently under development.
The Board of Directors and staff of JCSD, in order to ensure a continuing supply of good quality water for current citizens and also provide for future development, participated in a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) with other neighboring water purveyors. The name of the JPA is the Chino Basin Desalter Authority (CDA). The CDA owns and operates two water treatment plants (Desalters) for the removal of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and nitrates (NO3) in the Chino Basin, along with the necessary wells (22), pipelines, booster pump stations (2) and reservoirs (2) for the delivery of this highly treated water. Both Desalters utilize Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Ion Exchange (IX) treatment processes to remove the nitrates from the groundwater. The treatment capacity for each plant is 12 million gallons/day (MGD). The CDA is in the process of expanding the Chino II Desalter by 10.5 MGD in the next few years to a total of 22.5 MGD. The expansion will require 6-8 new wells for the expanded treatment capacity. The estimated expansion cost for the wells, pipelines and plant expansion is $130 million dollars. The total daily treatment capacity of the CDA when the expansion is completed will be 34.5 MGD.
The District's sewer system remains centered on the regional approach to treatment as a cost effective way to treat wastewater. The District discharges wastewater to three different treatment plants from three independent sewer systems. First, the District continues to utilize the District's Regional Lift Station to pump wastewater to the City of Riverside Treatment Plant. Second, the CFD No. 1 wastewater system is mostly from industrial sources and is discharged to the Inland Empire Brine Line (IEBL) for treatment in Orange County, which has higher salt limits because it is an ocean discharge. The District's water treatment plants also discharge brine to the IEBL to take advantage of these higher discharge limits. Finally, the Eastvale area discharges to the River Road Lift Station, which pumps the wastewater to another regional treatment plant, operated by a joint powers authority known as the Western Riverside County Regional Wastewater Authority (WRCRWA). The District proactively operates and maintains its sewer system to convey the wastewater to the treatment plants in a reliable and cost effective manner in accordance with the recently adopted Sewer Management Plan.
The District also administers an Illumination District, Lighting Maintenance Districts, and Landscape Maintenance Districts (special assessment districts), placing charges on the property tax bills to cover the energy charges of the streetlights and the operation and maintenance of landscaping within public rights-of-way throughout the District’s service area.