By Sandra Emerson Staff Writer
Created: 04/14/2011 03:56:53 PM PDT

UPLAND – The San Antonio Water Co. has lost more than 16million gallons of its water due to planned landscaping work at the water basin in the Colonies.

In order to make way for new plants and trees as part of its landscaping plan, the San Bernardino County Flood Control District needed to lower the water level inside the basin.

About 16.5million gallons of water (about 50.7 acre feet) was drained from the basin, of which about 8.5 million gallons (or 26 acre feet) was sent downstream to Prado Dam in Chino and the Santa Ana River.

The rest was captured in the Turner Basin to be sunk into the underground. That quantity will be credited to San Antonio by the Chino Basin Watermaster, which oversees the area’s groundwater basin.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost that water, but just because of the timing issue and they’re under the gun to get things done. It’s frustrating really for us, but we understand their needs,” said Charles Moorrees, San Antonio’s general manager.

Flood control’s plan is to turn the basin into a multi-purpose-use facility. The multi-purpose basin will provide flood-control protection, water conservation, passive recreation and native habitat restoration.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year, said Roni Edis, a county public works spokeswoman.

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