CITY HALL — Stalled reimbursements for a multi-million dollar chromium 6 removal project could lead Glendale Water & Power officials to suspend the operation, they said.
Because the chromium-stripping facilities have been turned on, levels of the cancer-causing element in water drawn through local wells have edged down, officials said. Still, utility officials say they are considering halting the $5-million multi-jurisdictional facility until the California Department of Water Resources makes good its $2.5-million pledge.
So far the city has received only $50,000.
"To date, they still haven't paid. In the meantime, the city has had to front the money," said Assistant General Manager Peter Kavounas. "We are considering whether we should continue to operate them on the promise we would still get our money."
With utility finances increasingly tight, Kavounas said it didn't seem fair for local ratepayers to bear the financial brunt of the project when it will benefit utilities across the state and even the nation. The multi-jurisdictional project has also received funding from the federal government, foundations and a coalition of industry corporations.