The Calaveras County Water District is in the process of designing and engineering a series of upgrades to the sewer infrastructure in communities around Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis. Sacramento-area engineering firm Lee & Ro, Inc. was awarded a$399,500 contract for design and engineering services. The planning and construction costs for this project will be funded from the District’s Water Renovation and Replacement (R&R) program, which is critical to the District’s ability to replace old and problematic infrastructure in service areas throughout the County. The project being designed will eliminate a submerged sewer line that currently runs under a cove in Lake Tulloch in the Poker Flat at Lake Tulloch Shores neighborhood, and poses a risk of contaminating the public water supply in the event of a line break or failure. It will also reduce sewage flows from pumps located close to the water and redirect those flows into a new pipeline that runs along O’Byrnes Ferry Road and Connor Estates Drive farther from the lake. Additionally, at four locations including Lakeshore Drive, Kiva Drive, Jimmy Way and Bret Harte Drive, the project will replace outdated electrical systems and sewage pumping facilities that pose safety risks to the District’s staff.

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Lee & Ro is scheduled to complete the project design by the end of 2019 of next year, and the District plans to award a bid for the construction project in the winter/spring of 2019. Construction will begin as soon as possible thereafter and should be completed by the end of the construction season in 2021.

The District is committed to a robust public outreach program throughout the design and construction portions of this very important project. Meetings are being held to ensure community members understand the project’s impacts, and regular updates will be posted online at www.ccwd.org.

For more information about this project, contact Joel Metzger, External Affairs Manager, at joelm@ccwd.org or (209) 754-3123.