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Black Mountain Road Pipelines Project

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September 9, 2002

CONTACT: Kristina Alexanders (858) 452-0031 x313
Wendy Hovland-Henry (619) 533-4669

Neighborhood Open House Scheduled

San Diego, CA...Residents and business owners who live and work on or near Mira Mesa Boulevard are invited to a neighborhood open house Tuesday, September 17, 2002 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Scripps-Miramar Ranch Library (10301 Scripps Lake Dr.). The open house will provide an update on construction plans for those living and working along the project alignment.

Construction on Mira Mesa Boulevard, between Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Westmore Road, is scheduled to begin in September and will continue through October. Night work hours will be 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. One lane in each direction on Mira Mesa Boulevard will be open during work hours.

Construction of the Black Mountain Pipelines Project began in April of this year and is anticipated to finish in mid-2003. Two separate pipelines are being installed - a drinking water pipeline and a reclaimed, or recycled, water pipeline. The pipelines are installed in a coordinated effort to minimize construction impacts to the communities of Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos and Scripps Ranch.

The total project cost is estimated to be $32.5 million and is funded by water rates, revenue bonds and capacity charges. When complete, the drinking water pipeline will serve as a backup to the existing Rancho Bernardo Pipeline that was installed in 1964. The recycled water pipeline will offer a cost-efficient supply of water for irrigation and industrial purposes.

The Black Mountain Road Pipelines Project is part of the City of San Diego Water Department's citywide Capital Improvements Program. Water infrastructure improvements (replacements, upgrades and expansions) are under way 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. Information on this and other projects is available online at www.sandiego.gov. Click on "Departments" and then "Water."

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