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1999 Press Releases

Water Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 1999

CONTACT:Wendy Hovland Henry
(619) 533-4669

SOLEDAD RESERVOIR TO GET FACE LIFT

La Jolla, CA - City of San Diego Water Department Director Larry Gardner, San Diego City Councilmember Harry Mathis, City Manager Michael Uberuaga, and Deputy City Manager George Loveland kicked-off the Soledad Reservoir Rehabilitation Project at a special ceremony this morning. A bottle of champagne was broken against the side of the reservoir to mark the beginning of the project.

Located near the corner of La Jolla Scenic Drive South and Via Casa Alta, the reservoir has been in noticeable need of repair for several years. "Soledad Reservoir was built in 1958 and has served the City well. It needs some work, however, to allow us to keep using it and to meet new seismic standards," said Larry Gardner, director of the City of San Diego Water Department. "We'll be lining the interior walls and floor with steel plate that will relieve interior pressure on the walls of the reservoir, which are made from pre-stressed concrete."

In addition to the interior structural repairs, the Water Department will repair cracks on the outside of the reservoir, resurface the pavement and repaint the reservoir. A new fence and landscaping will be added once the major repairs are complete.

Construction on the reservoir will begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2000. The total project cost for the reservoir rehabilitation is approximately $1.5 million.

"Repairing Soledad Reservoir is of the utmost importance," said Councilmember Harry Mathis. "The reservoir was getting to the state where, unless something was done, its functionality and usefulness in the water system would be hampered. I am glad to see Council and the City taking the responsibility to make sure our infrastructure is in tact to serve our communities and the City as a whole," continued Mathis.

The City and the design team had several meetings with community members located near the reservoir to obtain input on the plans and select a paint color for the reservoir. The community members also had the opportunity to input on the fence style and the selection of plants and greenery that will be placed around the reservoir to disguise it from the surrounding community.

Other improvements scheduled for the area include replacement of old cast iron water mains, renovating the Bayview Pump Station and reconstruction of the Bayview Reservoir. For continuous water reliability, Bayview Reservoir reconstruction will begin only after the Soledad project is complete.

"This project is part of the City of San Diego's $773 million overall water infrastructure Capital Improvements Program being implemented to provide a safe and reliable water system for the citizen's of San Diego," according to Marsi Steirer, Capital Improvements Program deputy director. "The rehabilitated reservoir will provide improved water system reliability and service for this area for years to come," continued Steirer.

For more information on this project, or any other Capital Improvements Program project, please call the Water Department's Public Information Line at (619) 533-4679.

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