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CCWD To Publicly Address Arnold Pipeline Project Impacts

Arnold, CA — Arnold residents who will be affected by a major pipeline replacement project this summer are encouraged to attend a community meeting Tuesday evening.

Beginning at 6, the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) will host a presentation and Q-and-A session on its Reach 3A Pipeline Replacement project at Independence Hall (1445 Blagen Road) in Arnold.

CCWD General Manager Dave Eggerton and District 3 Director Bertha Underhill, who represents the Arnold area, will be in attendance, along with District Engineer Charles Palmer, Plant Operations Manager Jesse Hampton, and Customer Relations Manager Joel Metzger. They will cover details concerning the $4.1 million replacement of the district’s failure-prone 50-plus year old pipeline — part of which runs through downtown Arnold — as well as address anticipated impacts. The work, slated to begin sometime in May, is expected to wrap up in November.

As previously reported here, T&S Construction of Sacramento, the project contractor, will replace about 20,000 feet of 12-inch diameter transmission pipeline running between the Arnold Cal-Fire Station along Highway 4 and Blagen Road; the scope stretches above White Pines to the CCWD sawmill tank. Once it is complete, district officials estimate that the new pipeline should last 75 years. The work is being funded using nearly $1.4 million in US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding; a USDA loan of over $2.6 million; and $1.3 million in local matching monies from the district’s Capital Renovation and Replacement fund.