Carlsbad and Vista have teamed up to launch a two-year, $64.2 million sewer project that includes the replacement of a key pump station and a 2-mile main pipeline to the Encinitas treatment plant. The pump station will be expanded to carry up to 33 million gallons of raw sewage on a daily basis. The station pushes the effluent uphill through a pressurized line (or force main) where gravity carries it the rest of the way to the treatment plant. About two-thirds of the effluent is from Vista, and the city has agreed to pay about two-thirds of the project’s cost. Upgrading the pump station and sewer main will help prevent spills that could allow pollution into the nearby lagoon and waterways.
The Vista City Council approved the city’s participation, and its estimated $35 million contribution toward the project. Part of the construction project will be a new 140-foot steel-truss bridge to carry sewer and gas lines across the lagoon. Because it will be a single span across the water, it will improve tidal flows into the lagoon by removing the posts that support the existing trestles. The bridge will replace two separate narrow trestles and will be wide enough to accommodate maintenance vehicles. Eventually, it is also expected to carry pedestrians and cyclists on a yet-to-be completed segment of the Coastal Rail Trail between Tamarack Avenue and Cannon Road.
San Diego, Did you know the city is hosting a Utilities Management Conference on February 24th-27th? It’s taking place at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. This technical program is designed to inform Utility leaders with the latest tools, techniques, best practices, and emerging solutions to be most effective in their utility management. This event will be informative and engaging for those leading the water sector. The conference is appropriately named “On the Road to the Utilities of the Future.”