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Rep. Napolitano Attends Rose Hills Recycled Water Project Groundbreaking Ceremony

August 19, 2015
Press Release

(Whittier, CA) Today, Rep. Napolitano (D-El Monte) attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the final phase of the Recycled Water Project at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, calling for more investment in recycling projects across the region.

“We congratulate Rose Hills on this critical water recycling project which will improve water efficiencies during this drought and for our future,” Napolitano said. “Water recycling is the most cost effective way to improve water supply within our region, and we must encourage more San Gabriel Valley businesses to make similar investments.”

Upon completion of its project—targeted for Q4 of 2015—Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary will use 100% recycled water for irrigation and landscaping maintenance. Others participating in the groundbreaking were Bruce Lazenby, Executive Director of Business Development, Rose Hills; Pat Monroe, President, Rose Hills; Fernando Dutra, Mayor, City of Whittier; Ann Heil, Section Head, Monitoring, Sanitation Districts of LA County; Sarah Rascon, Office of Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez; and Mike Touhey, Board President, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District.

Napolitano, a strong supporter of water recycling projects throughout her years in Congress, has introduced H.R. 291, the Water in the 21st Century Act, which would provide $700 million in grants and $500 million in loans for water recycling, groundwater management, stormwater, and water infrastructure projects. She is the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and a current member and former Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee.