Water Services Replacement Project

Project Description

The Water Services Replacement Project will replace defective water services that result in frequent pipe breaks and water leaks. Many of the water services installed during the 1970’s and early 80’s included polybutylene “blue-tube” piping to connect the water main to the customer’s water meter. Polybutylene (PB) is plastic resin used to manufacture pipes and fittings that becomes brittle causing micro-fractures and pipe failure. The subject project will upgrade the deteriorated water services and water main service saddles to current City standards.

This project will replace approximately 180 polybutylene service lines located in residential areas with high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The water service replacements are phased over multiple years due to the cost and size of the project. The project locations are prioritized based on failure rate. Operational staff has prioritized the locations around Del Oro Way and Creekside Way due to service call history. In addition to these two residential areas, operational staff has selected to replace water services on McDowell Blvd from Old Redwood Highway to Sunrise Parkway, in anticipation of roadway rehabilitation in fiscal year 21/22.

Address (approximate):  North McDowell Blvd from Sunrise Parkway to Old Redwood Highway, Creekside Circle, Eastside Circle, Del Oro Circle, Del Sol Way.

Project Manager: Dan Herrera, Senior Civil Engineer

Traffic Impact

The project will impact along North McDowell Blvd  and residential areas defined in the project description.  All traffic restrictions will be posted for drivers with signage. Ingress and egress to homes and businesses will be maintained. Traffic control and routing measure will be implemented to maintain through traffic in the area.

Project Status

Update: July 19, 2021

This project has been completed and will go to City Council for acceptance on July 19, 2021.

Update: May 7, 2021

Water Service replacement has been completed on North McDowell, Weaver Drive, and Olive Street.  There are no additional areas of water service replacement expected as part of this project.  The project is considered complete and will be accepted at council in the coming months.

Update: February 9, 2021

Water Service replacement work has been complete in the Eastside/Creekside area and is upon completion in the Del Oro area.  The McDowell water service replacement will begin on Thursday, February 11th.  Work will begin near the intersection of Rand St. and McDowell and will move northbound towards Old Redwood Highway.  Expect to have water service interrupted for up to 4 hours.  This work should last several weeks.  Traffic control will be placed to direct traffic around the work areas. Access to driveways should be maintained throughout the project.

Update: October 22, 2020

The City's contractor has begun preliminary work in the area of Creekside Circle and Eastside Way. The contractor is currently potholing to locate existing utilities to facilitate installation of the new water services. Once potholing is complete, the contractor will begin installation of the new water services from the main to the residential water meters within the sidewalk. After the water services have been installed, the contractor will begin operations to connect the new water services to residential water meters. At this time, the water services will be turned off for up to four hours. The contractor will deliver door notices 24 to 48 hours in advance of this water shutoff. Traffic in the area will be impacted but access to driveways and travels through the neighborhoods will be maintained.


Bid Details

Engineer's Estimate                        $1,300,000

Name of Bidder                                Bid Total

Team Ghilotti, Inc.                             $ 1,107,141        Lowest responsive bid

Pat Nelson Construction                   $ 1,173,700

D & D Pipelines Inc.                          $ 1,180,985

Piazza Construction                          $ 1,410,740

Argonaut Constructors                      $ 1,460,100

WR Forde Associates Inc.                $ 1,463,318



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