“The additional funding it provides is crucial to the continued operations of our treatment facilities,” Nordbak said. Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, who pushed for the additional money for the Central Basin, said the measure is an important one for her area. “We need this to clean up the water,” Napolitano said. The Central Basin project has nearly used up an earlier $10 million appropriation from the federal government. It has continued to operate with Central Basin using what’s left. However, the cities of Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs have been paying the bulk of the costs. Annual cost is estimated at $1.2 million. The Central Basin project, which began operating in 2003, was designed to clean up polluted groundwater flowing toward Pico Rivera from the East San Gabriel Valley. Perchlorate from former aerospace operations and other toxic chemicals in the Valley were discovered in the early 1990s to have seeped into groundwater supplies. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe estimated total cost of the cleanup is now $1 billion. With the additional federal assistance that Dreier’s bill provides, the federal investment is 14 percent of the total cost. The bill also provides $11.2 million to the Central Basin Municipal Water District that will allow its cleanup program in Pico Rivera to continue for an estimated seven years. “The San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund has a proven track record of success,” said Dreier, R-San Dimas. “I am proud to say that this partnership is an example of good stewardship of taxpayer money,” he said. “Making sure we maintain a safe drinking water supply is a critical priority for all of us.” Whittier Councilman Greg Nordbak, who also is chairman of the San Gabriel Valley Water Quality Authority, called the bill essential. PICO RIVERA – The House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously approved a $61.2 million water bill that includes money for two groundwater projects – one in the San Gabriel Valley and another in Pico Rivera. H.R. 123 extends by $50 million the authorization of federal dollars for the San Gabriel Basin Restoration Fund, created in 2000 by Rep. David Dreier’s legislation to help clean up perchlorate contamination and provide safe drinking water to Southern California. It still must go to the U.S. Senate. That isn’t expected to occur until 2008. The initial federal authorization for the fund was $85 million, most of which has already been allocated to the ongoing cleanup.