60% Design Complete for Pipeline Project
The 60% design of the offsite facilities, including the pump stations, pipelines and injection wells, is complete. The pipeline design team has all field investigation information to complete the design by the end of 2019 or early 2020. The construction of pipelines and pump stations will begin in July 2020.
Through November 2019, project team members are meeting with businesses along the pipeline alignments to discuss individual business operations and access needs. These business insights will help the City prepare traffic control requirements, mitigation measures and bid specifications for construction.
90% Design Underway for Water Reclamation Facility
The 90% design for the Water Reclamation Facility is underway by the Design-Build team, and is expected to be complete in November 2019. The final grading package for the South Bay Boulevard site was completed in Fall 2019. Because the project will be completed using a design-build method, construction will start prior to the receipt of final plans and specifications.
Low-Interest Funding Update
Securing low-interest federal and state funding for the project is a high priority for the City, and multiple funding avenues are being pursued with the goal to have funding secured. The City is coordinating extensively with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act staff to facilitate the environmental review and finalize loan terms in Fall 2019.
The City is also coordinating with the State Revolving Fund staff to facilitate the environmental, technical and financial review. The City anticipates signing a State Revolving Fund loan in Spring 2020.
The City began development of the project report for the United States Bureau of Reclamation Title XVI Grant Program in advance of applying for the program in 2020.
New Rates to Appear in August Bill
Beginning in July, the City of Morro Bay’s combined water and sewer bill increased in order to fund operations and maintenance of the entire water and sewer system, along with important infrastructure improvements including the new Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). The increase appeared in the August bill for water/sewer use in July. Additional information is available here.
California Coastal Commission Approves Coastal Development Permit
The Coastal Development Permit for the City of Morro Bay’s Water Reclamation Facility project was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on July 11, 2019 marking an important step in the permitting process for the City’s largest-ever infrastructure project. Read the City’s news release here. The Coastal Development Permit is expected to be received in Fall 2019.
Water Reclamation Facility Goals
Morro Bay’s Water Reclamation Facility Community Goals, adopted by City Council in December 2013 and amended on October 24, 2017, are:
- All aspects of the WRF project shall be completed ensuring economic value with a special emphasis on minimizing rate payer and City expense.
- Communicate WRF project progress including general project status, milestones, and budget/cost information to our community members regularly.
- Produce tertiary, disinfected wastewater in accordance with Title 22 requirements for unrestricted urban irrigation.
- Design to produce reclaimed wastewater to augment the City’s water supply, by either direct or indirect means, as described in a master water reclamation plan and to maximize funding opportunities.
- Include features in the WRF project that maximize the City’s opportunities to secure funding and maximize efficiencies.
- Design to minimize the impacts from contaminants of emerging concern in the future.
- Ensure compatibility with neighboring land uses.