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This timeline clearly shows the process of the Pure Water Project, which started in June of 2014.

December 6, 2018

The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation has informed us that the Pure Water Project Feasibility Study was found to be in accordance with its Directives and Standards.

October 31, 2018

The Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) received a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to perform the Feasibility Study under its Water Reclamation and Reuse (Title XVI) Program. The JPA operates the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility (TWRF or Tapia WRF) that provides wastewater treatment service for approximately 100,000 residents in the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) and Triunfo Water & Sanitation District (TWSD) service areas. The JPA is the project sponsor and will own and operate the proposed Project.

July 13, 2018

Here are the findings and recommendations from the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) Independent Advisory Panel 

February 5, 2018


September 2017

July 2017

June 2017

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a new five-year operating permit for the JPA’s Tapia Water Reclamation Facility.

Included in the permit is a schedule for the JPA to proceed with the construction of an Advanced Water Treatment Facility that will greatly reduce or eliminate the need to discharge treated wastewater to Malibu Creek.

May 2017

The federal Bureau of Reclamation has awarded $450,000 in grants to the JPA to study the feasibility of the Pure Water Project and toward the design of a demonstration facility to be used for public education and staff training.

March 2017

Las Virgenes – Triunfo JPA Board Members and staff visited congressional offices in Washington D.C. to familiarize elected representatives and federal agencies with the JPA’s Pure Water Project and to explore funding assistance opportunities.

Director Iceland, Director Polan, Congressman Sherman, and Director Lewitt

left to right:
Director Iceland, Director Polan, Congressman Sherman and Director Lewitt

 Director Polan, General Manager Pedersen, and Director Lewitt

left to right:
Director Polan, General Manager Pedersen, and Director Lewitt


February 8, 2017

Pure Water Project Brochure, this four-page publication provides a high-level overview, describing the basis, projected timeline and background of the Pure Water Project.

October 6, 2016

The Las Virgenes – Triunfo JPA Board designates the name “Pure Water Project Las Virgenes – Triunfo” to replace “Recycled Water – Excess Supply Options.”

September 1, 2016

August 3, 2016 

The JPA Voted to Explore Indirect Potable Reuse

February 23, 2016 

Interpretive Handout Materials – Surplus Recycled Water Options

January 27, 2016

Special Meeting of the JPA - Recycled Water Seasonal Storage Project: Basis of Design Workshop No. 2 - (PDF)

July 6, 2015 

March 18, 2015 - Special Meeting of the JPA: Workshop No. 3

February 11, 2015 – Special Meeting of the JPA: Workshop No. 2

January 29, 2015 - Special Meeting of the JPA: Workshop No. 1

A study group began exploring the possible uses and storage of this excess RW. The group is comprised of Malibu Creek Watershed stakeholders including non-government entities, environmental interests, city, county, state and National Park representatives, JPA Board members and water industry personnel.

November 3, 2014

JPA Board accepted proposal from Montgomery Watson Harza Global, Inc. (MWH) in the amount of $174,716 to prepare a Seasonal Storage Plan of Action and authorize the Administering Agent/General Manager to execute a professional services agreement for the work.

June 2, 2014

JPA Board approved the Guiding Principles for Recycled Water Seasonal Storage Project.