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November 3, 1999

CONTACT: Tedi Jackson
(619) 533-4631

Groundbreaking for New 65th & Herrick
Water Pump Station Marks Start of Construction

SAN DIEGO - City of San Diego Water Department Director Larry Gardner, San Diego City Councilmember George Stevens, City Manager Michael Uberuaga, and Deputy City Manager George Loveland will help kick-off the 65th & Herrick Water Pump Station Project during a Groundbreaking Ceremony set for Friday, November 5, 1999, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

The 65th & Herrick Water Pump Station is located at the southeast corner of 65th and Herrick Streets in Encanto and services the communities of Encanto, Skyline and Paradise Hills.

"The new pump station is being built to replace an existing pump station built in 1949", said James Tomasulo, project manager. "The new pump station will include a new masonry pump house, and feature three new state-of-the-art variable speed pumps, one backup pump, an emergency generator, new electrical control equipment as well as site and landscaping improvements," continued Tomasulo.

Construction of the new pump station will begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2000. DenBoer Engineering and Construction has been awarded the contract for the project. The total project cost for the new pump station is approximately $3.2 million.

"By replacing the 65th and Herrick Pump Station, we will provide area residents with improved water service," said Councilmember George Stevens. "It is encouraging to know that the City is committed to upgrading the existing water treatment and distribution system to benefit our communities," continued Stevens.

The City and the design team had several meetings with the community planning group to develop the final design concept, a design that will both architecturally and artistically enhance the community's surroundings. The design includes a decorative masonry building with a glass facade incorporating the area's 1920s architecture including a viewing window to allow community residents and local school children the opportunity to view an operating water pump station from the outside-in.

Other improvements scheduled for the area include a new water transmission line, the Encanto Park Pipeline, upgrading the Emerald Hills Standpipe, and small diameter water and sewer main replacement projects.

"This project is part of the City of San Diego's $773 million overall water infrastructure capital improvement 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 new pump station will provide improved water system reliability and service for this area," 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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