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2002 Press Releases

Water Department Operations Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2002

CONTACT: Debbie Lowery
(619) 533-6639

Community Celebrates Successful Completion of Mid-City Water Pipeline Project

Critical new pipeline provides reliable water supply for City Heights, College Area, Darnall, El Cerrito, Kensington, North Park, Normal Heights, Oak Park, Redwood Village, Rolando, Talmadge and University Heights.

San Diego, CA...Community members, government officials, and city representatives gathered today in recognition of the recently completed 4.5 mile Mid-City water pipeline that now provides enhanced water service to the area. The group celebrated at the site of the County Water Authority's new Flow Control Facility, located near the beginning of the pipeline alignment at 68th and 69th streets on El Cajon Boulevard. Today's celebration marked the completion of the pipeline construction project that started in December 1999.

"This long awaited pipeline will provide a safe and reliable water supply for local residents and for city services," said Mayor Dick Murphy. "After six years of planning, and two years of construction, this is the first major project of its kind to be completed in our effort to improve water service citywide."

The 4.5 mile long Mid-City Pipeline provides a needed backup supply of water and allows the City to inspect and repair portions of the existing Trojan Pipeline as needed. The new pipeline delivers up to 43 million gallons of water per day, and improves water system delivery, reliability and redundancy throughout the Mid-City community. Construction of the new Mid-City Pipeline was completed in Summer 2002. The total cost of the project was approximately $25 million and was funded by water rates, revenue bonds and capacity charges.

Since the pipeline route extends through such a populated section of the community, a team of local town council representatives, business members, church officials, school delegates and City council representatives met to form the Mid-City Pipeline Review Committee during the planning stages of this project. During the two-year construction project, the Mid-City Mitigation Monitoring Team (MMT) worked tirelessly to identify possible community impacts and recommend feasible mitigation measures for the project.

This marked the first time that such a collaborative effort has come together to shape an infrastructure improvement within the community. The MMT's focus was to serve as an ongoing community sounding board for identifying issues related to construction and to work directly with the City and pipeline contractor to resolve them.

Many of the MMT's recommendations were included in the contractor's bid specification package. The end result was the development of a comprehensive set of construction guidelines that were followed throughout the two-year construction project.

The Mid-City area of San Diego includes the communities of City Heights, College Area, Darnall, El Cerrito, Kensington, North Park, Normal Heights, Oak Park, Redwood Village, Rolando, Talmadge and University Heights. Until now, these communities originally received drinking water through the existing Trojan Pipeline, built in the 1950s.

Subsequent growth and development in Mid-City over the past two decades placed an ever increasing demand on the existing pipeline. As a result, residents in Mid-City may have experienced lower than acceptable water pressure levels in the past.

The pipeline begins near 70th Street and heads west on El Cajon Boulevard to Marlborough Avenue. At Marlborough Avenue the pipeline continues south to Orange Avenue and then heads west on Orange Avenue to Cherokee Avenue, continuing north on Cherokee Avenue to El Cajon Boulevard. In order to connect with existing distribution pipelines, the Mid City Pipeline extends south from El Cajon Boulevard to Highland and Polk Avenue.

The Mid-City Pipeline Project is part of the City of San Diego Water Department's citywide Capital Improvements Program (CIP). Water infrastructure improvements (replacements, upgrades and expansions) are underway throughout the City's water system, including pipelines, water pump stations, reservoirs and treatment plants. These improvements will help ensure a safe and reliable water supply, protecting the region's job base, environment and overall quality of life for future generations.

Additional information about other important infrastructure projects can also be found online at www.sandiego.gov/water click on "Departments" and then "Water." Or, contact the Capital Improvements Public Information Line at (619) 533-4679 for additional details.