El Dorado Water Improvements

Story from the Mountain Democrat.

The story.

“It was a big day for the El Dorado Irrigation District as members of the board, staff members and other officials gathered Friday above Folsom Lake to celebrate the kick-off of a major infrastructure project.

“Benefitting tens of thousands of residents in El Dorado Hills, in February the EID Board of Directors unanimously approved spending $42 million dollars to replace critical components of the Folsom Lake water intake and restore needed reliability and capacity that has been lost to mechanical failure over the years.

Providing approximately one-third of EID’s entire water supply, when completed the pump station will be restored to the 19.5 million gallons per day permitted capacity of the nearby El Dorado Hills Water Treatment Plant and will have allocation for a cost-effective buildout expansion when required.

“Speaking at the event was EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie who said he was pleased to see the project going forward, noting that the pumps dated back to the 1950s. “This project is necessary for El Dorado Hills,” he said, adding that the district issued bonds and raised rates modestly to pay for the improvements.

“Director Mike Raffety said they might get a subsidy from the Bureau of Reclamation for a temperature control device but it’s not certain yet. If it is approved, it will be a cost-share between Bureau of Reclamation and EID.

“Project construction will include four new 600-horsepower, submersible pumps housed in corrosion-resistant stainless steel casings with temperature control withdrawal capability. In addition, there will be electrical upgrades and associated piping and appurtenances, including a new bridge crane for pump removal and maintenance.

“During the first weeks of construction, the contractor will be mobilizing and clearing the site for excavation and placing temporary pumps. This initial pump work is scheduled for completion by early July. Heavy construction is planned through early spring 2021 with pump commissioning and start up planned in the latter half of 2021.”

Retrieved June 23, 2020 from https://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/eid-kicks-off-big-project/

Be well everyone!

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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