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The Groundwater Replenishment (GWR) System in Orange County will receive $2.5 million in federal funding for fiscal year 2005, according to an appropriations bill signed into law in December by President Bush. The $2.5 million grant is part of $20 million authorized for the project by Congress in 2000. To date, the Groundwater Replenishment System has received $12 million of federal funding.
"By continuing to support this project with federal funds, Congress is agreeing with the people of Orange County to move forward on this very important undertaking," said Phil Anthony, president of the Orange County Water District.
Using high-tech membrane purification systems backed by ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide disinfection, the system will purify sewer water to a level similar to bottled water.