Irrigation project hits halfway mark

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Irrigation District is half-way completed with
Phase I of a major valve replacement project. This project, when completed, will have replaced more than 150 water system valves throughout the district.
Many of these valves have been in place for more than 50 years and have reached the end of their useful life. It is important to have reliable valves in the water distribution system to allow proper operation of the system, including isolation of pipelines that need maintenance or replacement while minimizing the number of customers that might experience service interruptions.
Along with the replacement of the valves, the district is also replacing 10 older pressure-reducing stations (equipment that regulates the pressure in the water system) throughout the service area. The work to replace the valves and pressure stations continues to involve partial shut downs of small sections of the water system so old valves can be removed and replacements installed. In addition, the relocation of pressure reducing stations out of the roadway will reduce future traffic impacts for planned maintenance and improve safety conditions for workers accessing these below ground facilities.
This replacement work requires orchestrated temporary service interruptions for customers in the area work is being performed. The district understands this is an inconvenience to residents, but explained there is no other way to accomplish this important work. Failure to replace aging equipment in a planned, controlled manner would potentially result in unplanned emergency repairs which would be more costly and disruptive, a district release said.
“We appreciate resident’s patience and cooperation as we carry out this work to improve the water system.”
Roadway areas where excavation has been completed have been patched with temporary asphalt, which may look unfinished after the replacement of valves or pressure reducing stations. The district has scheduled, prior to completion of the project, a final site restoration plan. This final site restoration plan will replace any plantings or sidewalk impacted by the construction, and will include finished pavement replacement.
As the construction remains on track, these projects will be completed by the end of this year. For questions about this ongoing work or for more information on the location of work, visit the district website at sfidwater.org/cipprojects.htm or call
the hotline at (858) 227-5800.
The Santa Fe Irrigation District provides water and related services to residential,
commercial and agricultural customers in the communities of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and Fairbanks Ranch. The district serves about 20,000 customers in a 16-square-mile area. The district supplies more than 4.5 billion gallons (or 13,500-acre-feet) of
water per year to its customers, using a blend of local water from Lake Hodges and imported water purchased through the San Diego County Water Authority. The district operates the jointly owned R.E. Badger Filtration Plant, a 40-million-gallon-per-day
water-treatment plant. The district owns rights to local water supplies from Lake Hodges and the San Dieguito Reservoir.

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