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Posted on: February 5, 2021

City Begins Water Reclamation Facility Pipeline Construction

Morro Bay, Calif. – In early February 2021, construction is slated to begin on the City of Morro Bay’s Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) Pipelines and Lift Stations. The WRF Program is the largest-ever City infrastructure program, and will meet state water and wastewater regulations, protect the environment and contribute a safe and reliable water source for Morro Bay’s residents and businesses. (To stay up to date on the WRF project, please view the WRF website and sign up for updates: https://morrobaywrf.com). 

 

The WRF Pipelines include two wastewater pipelines, one pipeline for the water treatment process discharge, and one purified water pipeline. The four pipelines will be constructed in segments on Atascadero Road, Main Street, Quintana Road and South Bay Boulevard. The construction will include trenching, tunneling, pipe installation, soil backfilling and offhauling, and road restoration, as well as construction of support infrastructure including two new lift stations.

 

In February, crews will begin pipeline construction on Quintana Road moving southeast from La Loma to South Bay Boulevard, and at Main Street and Quintana Road moving southeast along Quintana Road. Construction is scheduled on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, though traffic control measures could be in place 24 hours a day depending upon the segment of the pipeline. Weekend or night work may be scheduled, as needed, but neighboring properties will be informed in advance of schedule changes. The schedule calls for the majority of construction activities to be completed by December 2021.  The traffic management plan for the first segment is available here.  

 

“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on the WRF Pipelines and are ready to work with the community and businesses throughout construction,” said Morro Bay City Manager Scott Collins. “Pipeline construction is expected to be complete at the end of 2021, and we look forward to the long-term benefits of making investments in our infrastructure.”

 

Construction will be completed in segments within the public right-of-way, to limit public impacts at any given time and to allow for access between cross-streets. Lane closures and, when needed, detours will be in place for traffic circulation and access. For the safety of the community and construction crews, traffic control mechanisms such as signage, barricades and flag people, will be in place. The City is committed to maintaining business, residential and emergency vehicle access to properties, and minimizing inconveniences throughout construction.

 

The City of Morro Bay is investing in the construction of the WRF Program that will protect our environment, and provide a safe, clean and reliable water supply for our community, both current and future generations. The WRF Program involves replacing the City’s existing wastewater treatment plant with an advanced water purification facility that will meet state regulations, protect the environment, and contribute a safe and reliable water source for Morro Bay’s homes and businesses. The project will create a drought buffer and will be capable of providing up to 80 percent of the City’s water needs in the future.  Firms involved include contractor, Anvil Builders, Inc., and program manager/construction manager, Carollo Engineers.

 

The City is committed to clear communication and providing up-to-date information about construction activities. Properties along the construction area will receive printed notices before work begins near their address, and construction notices will be regularly posted on https://morrobaywrf.com. Please contact wrfinfo@morrobayca.gov or 877-MORROBAYH2O with questions about the City’s WRF Program, and inquiries will be responded to within one business day.

 

Water infrastructure operations, maintenance and construction work remains essential, while precautions are in place in San Luis Obispo County to slow the spread of COVID-19. City personnel and construction crews will adhere to all health and safety protocols in place for personal protective equipment and physical distancing.

 

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About the Water Reclamation Facility 

The City of Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility Program involves replacing the City’s existing wastewater treatment plant with an advanced water purification facility that will meet state regulations, protect the environment, and contribute a safe and reliable water source for Morro Bay’s homes and businesses. The project will create a drought buffer and is capable of providing up to 80 percent of the City’s water needs in the future. 

 

The project includes construction of a new one million gallon per day advanced treatment facility, two new lift stations, an approximately 3.5 mile pipeline alignment, and wells to inject the purified water into the groundwater aquifer, which can be extracted for reuse through the City’s existing infrastructure. The current schedule includes construction completion in 2023; pipeline construction is expected to be complete at the end of 2021. 

 

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