Calaveras County Water District crews will begin replacing a large section of aging water pipeline on Ormes Court from its intersection with Siegle Street to the road’s western end this week, which will cause minor traffic delays in the area through the middle of August. This project is part of the District’s commitment to replace thousands of feet of aging water distribution pipeline in the Rancho Calaveras area this summer.

All construction work is being performed in-house by CCWD construction and distribution crews. In the months to come, crews will be working on Hautly Lane, Jenny Lind Vista, Ormes Court, Sparrowk Road and Watts Drive. Sections of pipeline have already been replaced on Harper Lane. Customers will be kept informed of the construction schedule through the www.ccwd.org and social media (www.facebook.com/calaveraswaterdistrict), and notices will be placed at properties if a planned water outage is necessary for the line replacements.

Most of the water distribution pipelines in Rancho Calaveras are more than 50 years old and have degraded over the years while reaching the end of their useful lifespan. As the pipelines age, the risk of breaks and system leaks increases. Instead of repeatedly repairing the same sections of pipeline, the CCWD Board of Directors dedicated a portion of Capital Renovation and Replacement funds to prioritize the replacement of larger sections of pipeline that have frequent and costly maintenance demands.

“This pipeline replacement project will greatly minimize future water service disruptions in the area,” said Teresa Tanaka, CCWD director of operations. “Customers will also notice an increase in flow to their neighborhoods once the new pipes are installed, because we are replacing 2-inch pipes with 4-inch pipes. By upsizing the pipe, the District will be meeting industrywide trends and CCWD’s current construction standards to ensure better service reliability.”

For more information about this project, call CCWD Customer Service at (209) 754-3543 or email customerservice@ccwd.org.

Written by CCWD