City Approves Wholesale Electricity Interconnection, Wastewater Treatment Expansion

VICTORVILLE — The city announced it is expanding two utilities capabilities that will serve industrial clients with electricity and wastewater, and it anticipates new commercial deals as a result.

Victorville will distribute electricity to large-scale commercial users through an expansion of its local distribution system, which will be connected with the statewide power grid through Southern California Edison, the city said in a statement.

It will be similar to how the city provides power to industrial tenants at Southern California Logistics Airport, including Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and The Boeing Co.

“The expansion of our utilities offerings exemplifies our dedication to creating a competitive advantage for the businesses that occupy Victorville’s commercial properties,” Assistant City Manager Keith Metzler said in a statement.

Victorville Municipal Utilities Services, overseen by the city’s Public Works Department, offers electrical service to commercial and industrial customers at SCLA and Foxborough Industrial Park, located along Nisqualli Road east of Hesperia Road. Additionally, the Victorville campus of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary — called St. Mary Medical or Oasis campus, which is being constructed on Amargosa Road south of Bear Valley Road — is to be a prime beneficiary of the expanded capability, officials said.

Major construction work on the campus is expected to resume in January, following the completion of most utilities preparations in December, a St. Mary spokesmen said last week.

Also, the Victorville Water District issued its first industrial pretreatment permit since having constructed its 2.5-million-gallon-per-day industrial wastewater treatment plant for the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group manufacturing plant at Southern California Logistics Airport.

The permit was issued to Leading Edge Aircraft Services, allowing the discharge of some industrial waste that is the byproduct of washing newly manufactured aircraft, prior to being painted with a new airline livery.

The permit will create efficiencies and savings for Leading Edge by omitting the company’s requirement to haul off its industrial waste. After treatment, the industrial wastewater treatment plant will return reclaimed water for industrial consumption.

Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron extolled the city’s enhanced capability to deliver power and water services.

“Victorville will continue to work to attract better and higher-paying jobs through the use of these two tools,” McEachron said. “Since the elimination of redevelopment by the state of California, having the ability to provide lower costs associated with power usage and disposing of wastewater can be significant when companies are looking to relocate.

“Victorville and SCLA have these tools at our disposal to provide as incentives for companies to locate their facilities here in the High Desert.”

— Staff Writer Gary Brodeur contributed to this report.