Water System Investments
The District is committed to enhancing the condition of its water system through wise and sound investments in capital improvement projects. Some of the projects improve the performance of the water system while other projects extend the life of existing facilities and equipment. All improvement projects are well planned for and are selected based on the best value to the District's Customers. It is the District's responsibility to identify the needed improvements and we do so by periodically updating the District's Water Master Plan. This plan helps to identify needed improvements and ranks them based on their benefits.
Some of the District's more notable capital improvements include the following projects:
In Progress - District's Well No. 5 Rehabilitation Project. The District is currently in the process of replacing the pumping equipment in its Well No. 5, which is the District's primary source of supply. This work will extend the life of the well and improve the efficiency of the pumping equipment. During this work the District will rely on its other wells to meet the water supply needs of it customers. Maintaining three active wells provides better water supply reliability.
In Progress - Recycled Water Project. This project was initiated in 2015 and has been delayed to ensure the recycled water supply was available for the District's project. The project now moving forward to construction bidding. The Recycled Water System is designed to deliver 55 acre feet of local recycled water for irrigation use. This will decrease the District’s dependency on import water for groundwater replenishment and minimize the impact of the rising cost of replenishment water. Construction is planned to begin by the end of 2019 and shall be completed by the fall of 2020.
In Progress - Service Line Replacements. This project consists of replacing old galvanized water service lines that connect meters to the District's main waterlines with new copper water service lines. The galvanized lines are about 50 years old and are susceptible to leaks and flow issues. This has been an ongoing project over the last few years.
2019 - 5th Street Waterline Improvement Project - The District completed this waterline improvement project in August of 2019. This project consisted of the installation of approximately 600 feet of 12-inch waterline to improve reliability and fire flow capacity on 5th Street and Workman Avenue.
2018 - Banbridge Booster Pump Station Project. This project consisted of rehabilitating an aging inefficient pump station by replacing the pumping system to improve reliability of service to the District's service zone 3.
2013 - Zone 2 Booster Station Piping Improvements. This project consisted of replacing old piping at the station site to improve the reliability and efficiency of the booster pumps.
2012 - Zone 3 Improvement Project. This project improved the water pressure reliability and flow capacity of the District's Zone 3. The improvements included a new 10 inch waterline connection to the Industry Public Utilities Water System's reservoirs on Industry Hills. The new connection allows Zone 3 to be supplied even when there is a power failure. It also acts as an emergency back-up supply for the District's Zone 2.
2011 - Zone 4 Booster Pump Station Upgrades. This project was constructed to reduce pumping costs and improve the reliability and capacity of the pumping system.
2010 - Single Pass Ion Exchange System. This project was constructed to replace the older less efficient ion exchange treatment system. This new water treatment system uses resin material that is designed for the selective removal of the contaminant perchlorate. This process is much like a household water softening system. However, this system does not require regeneration using salt water, like most other ion exchange processes. In addition, this new system produces virtually no wastewater and is estimated to have the resin replaced every 6 to 9 months.
2009 - Main Street Reservoir Relining and Recoating. This project consisted of the removal and replacement of the reservoir’s interior coating and painting of the exterior. This investment adds many years to the service life of the reservoir.