Water plant improvements

WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – Improvements will be made to the water plant in Winterhaven starting today. The much needed project broke-ground this morning continuing the streak of improvements to the community, with a new fire station already in place, a new sheriff’s station on its way, and now the water plant.
Local leaders and community members met to celebrate the start of the much anticipated project that will improve their water system and install more than 10 fire hydrants.

“So often outline areas think that they don’t get the attention that they need, but this goes to show you that we do take it seriously in any time there’s a need like this,” said County Supervisor John Renison.

The last time the town’s water plant received improvements like these was in the early nineties according to local water officials.

“The water tanks had a lot of sediment in them, they needed to be re-coated. Thank god there were no asbestos in the paint which saved us a lot of money,” said Doylene Lugo, director of the Winterhaven Water District.

Crews began working on the $600,000 project immediately after the ceremony. They are scheduled to complete the project by December of this year.

“It’s just going to make a lot of things easier, better water, and with this we’ll be able to hook back up with the county board of supervisors in Imperial. We’ll be able to get more grants and complete re-establish, we can bring Winterhaven back to what it was,” said Lugo.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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