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Informational meetings planned for Three Valleys water well

Claremont residents can weigh in on the design of a proposed Three Valleys Municipal Water District well on December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop, one of three planned for December and January, will take place at the Three Valleys district office at 1021 E. Miramar Ave.

The other two workshops will take place on January 8 and January 28.

The MiraGrand well is proposed at 675 E. Miramar Ave., roughly a block away from the Three Valleys water treatment plant. Nearby residents have objected to the well, citing the possibility of noise and nonconformity with the neighborhood.

Ben Peralta of Three Valleys told the COURIER the workshops will focus on aesthetics of the well, or how it would look in the neighborhood. Three Valleys will provide preliminary renderings and get feedback from those who attend.

The MiraGrand well would be the newest addition to a group of wells that supply groundwater to the nearby treatment plant, according to the project’s environmental review.

But some residents in the area are balking at the plan. Resident Mark Vidal spoke during public comment at last week’s council meeting, saying the well is “taking advantage of our neighborhood” to sell water to nearby cities in addition to Claremont.

Mr. Vidal also claimed residents in the area did not know about the project until recently. He took issue with possible construction noise and the “industrial-looking” look of the proposed building.

“It’s totally not blending in the way they proposed it for our neighborhood, which is a quiet, rural neighborhood in Claremont, and they are taking advantage of us to produce water,” Mr. Vidal said. “And that’s the feeling with the majority of the residents in this area.”

Matthew Litchfield of Three Valleys told the council that its board of directors held off on approving the environmental review in November for 90 days while the three workshops are conducted. Public comment for the project ended October 28, Mr. Peralta said. The board will receive an update about the public outreach on Jaunary 15, Mr. Peralta said. 

Those wishing to attend the December 11 meeting should RSVP to Mr. Peralta at bperalta@tvmwd.com.

—Matthew Bramlett

news@claremont-courier.com

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