FEMA Hazard Mitigation | Ebbetts Pass Redwood Tank Replacement Project
Calaveras County Water District’s (CCWD) Redwood tank replacement project is currently underway, and will replace existing redwood tanks located in the Ebbetts Pass service area with steel-lined, fire resistant tanks. Although our redwood tanks are a beautiful and historic components of our Ebbetts Pass community, they are at risk of burning in wildfires and have also reached their life-span for efficiently storing water. These new tanks will protect the community’s potable water facilities.
This project will also focus on clearing dead trees, and other vegetation around the tank perimeter in order to reduce hazardous fuels in accordance with Cal Fire’s defensible space standards. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) is funding seventy-five percent of the project costs. The total eligible cost for this grant was awarded at $2,800,000, with FEMA obligating $2,100,0000.
This project will replace the tanks at the following locations:
- Forest Meadows: CCWD serves 660 households within Forest Meadows and the adjacent Wylderidge subdivision with potable water supplied by a redwood tank on Heather Drive.
- Meadowmont: The redwood tank located on Flume court will be replaced. This tank supplies water to approximately 275 housing units within the Meadowmont subdivision including Fairway Drive, Placer Way, Silver Drive, Quartz Drive Crystal Way, Antler Way and Flume Court.
- Big Trees Village: There are three redwood tanks located in Big Trees village and will be replaced by two steel-lined tanks. These tanks supply water to a majority of the residential areas in Dorrington and Camp Connell. In addition, these three tanks serve government facilities including a Caltrans maintenance station, Ebbetts Pass Fire Station #2 and the U.S. Forest Service fire facility in Camp Connell, CA.
The District has contracted KW Emerson to conduct construction, and anticipates the project will be complete in late Summer, 2022.