San Andreas, CA — A multi-million-dollar contract award has been made to replace a failure-prone pipeline that has outlived its use to Arnold area water customers.
At its Wednesday meeting, the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) Board of Directors awarded a $4.1 million construction contract for its planned Reach 3A water transmission pipeline replacement project. It is literally, the end of the line for the circa 1965 pipeline, according to water district officials, as its age, poor condition and high frequency of repairs pose public safety and property risks. Anticipated to be completely in place by November, the replacement is expected to endure for 75 years. Construction is slated to begin in May.
Thrilled to finally pull the trigger on the project, CCWD District 3 Director Bertha Underhill, while thanking staff members for making the project a reality, stated, “This new pipeline will be a wonderful asset for the community in the years to come.”
Lowest bidding T&S Construction of Sacramento was chosen to for the work, which entails replacing about 20,000 feet of 12-inch diameter transmission pipeline running from the Arnold Cal-Fire Station along Highway 4 to Blagen Road; ending above White Pines at the CCWD sawmill tank. Funding is coming via nearly $1.4 million in grant monies from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), combined with an over $2.6 million USDA loan and $1.3 million in local matching funds from the CCWD Capital Renovation and Replacement fund.
CCWD shortly plans to hold a community meeting, date still to be announced, so residents are able to get an overview of the project and learn about area impacts.