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2002 Press Releases

Water Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2002

CONTACT: Debbie Lowery
(619) 533-6639

WATER DEPARTMENT WINS AWARD FOR PT. LOMA INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
Pt. Loma Reservoir Rehabilitation Project Receives Beautification Award

San Diego, CA -The Point Loma Association has recognized the Point Loma Reservoir Rehabilitation Project as a 2002 Beautification Award recipient. This award recognizes outstanding public infrastructure projects within the community that make Point Loma a more beautiful place to live. More than 200 residents and business leaders from the community attended the Point Loma Associationís 40th Annual Dinner and Awards banquet held May 28 at the Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina.

The Point Loma Reservoir was originally designed and constructed in 1944 as a Defense Public Works Project. The reservoir is located in Point Loma off of Catalina Boulevard and has a capacity of 10.9 millions gallons. It is an earthen-filled structure with a wood roof structure supported by a series of columns with a gunite surface lining. The old wood roof structure was deteriorated, and the reservoir did not meet current seismic code.

In order to minimize impacts to the community, the City chose to rehabilitate the existing reservoir during the winter and spring periods of lower water demand. Construction disruption to the community was also minimized since most activities took place within the original structure. New concrete shear walls strengthened the reservoir, the wood roof was replaced, and a new reservoir liner was installed. The reservoir is an integral component of the areaís water system ensuring a safe and reliable drinking water supply.

"The Water Department worked closely with the Peninsula Planning Group and the reservoirís neighbors to ensure their concerns were addressed. The wrought iron fencing matches other architectural features in the area. In addition, the low-growing landscape and the wrought iron fence will preserve the views of San Diego Bay for residents in the area," said Mike Conner, Senior Civil Engineer.

The Point Loma Reservoir Rehabilitation Project is part of the City of San Diego Water Departmentís citywide Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Water infrastructure improvements (replacements, upgrades and expansions) are underway throughout the Cityís water system, including pipelines, water pump stations, reservoirs and treatment plants. These improvements will help ensure a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the regionís job base, environment and overall quality of life for future generations.

Please visit www.sandiego.gov/water/cip to browse CIP projects by neighborhood, or call (619) 533-4679 to learn more about Water Department construction projects in your neighborhood.

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