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Quail Valley excited about $10.5 million sewer system sought for nearly 30 years

By in Press Enterprise on November 10, 2017

By David Downey

Construction is under way on a project to connect more than 200 properties in Menifee’s hilly enclave of Quail Valley to a sewer system.

No, seriously. It really is.

Quail Valley residents have lobbied for the better part of three decades for a solution to the overflowing septic tanks that spill sewage onto neighborhood streets and threaten to foul Canyon Lake below.

“We’ve been working on this for a generation,” said Kevin Pearson, a spokesman for Eastern Municipal Water District.

Last week, Eastern broke ground on a $10.5 million sewer system that will serve 150 homes and 66 vacant lots at the southern end of the community.

The system is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 or early 2019, Pearson said.

It’s just a start. Hundreds more homes need to be hooked up to sewer. But it’s a huge step forward, said community activist Janet Anderson, and one some thought would never come.

“It was a long fight,” Anderson said.

Hunting quail

She said the community, finally, has something to cheer about. And she said social media has been abuzz with positive comments about the long-awaited milestone.

Eastern Vice President Ron Sullivan, who represents the area, termed the project “a milestone achievement for the Quail Valley community.”

“Because of the failing septic systems, the region has sustained environmental damage and has been unable to accommodate any future new growth,” Sullivan said.

That should now change, he said.

The community owes its name to a rural past in which people from as far away as Los Angeles flocked to the area to hunt quail.

“When Quail Valley was first developed, it was a rural area where people would come to hunt or get away for the weekend,” Pearson said. “As it evolved, people lived there full time.”

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