Monday, September 26, 2011

Let the Digging Begin: New Calaveras Dam Breaks Ground

On September 16th, General Manager Ed Harrington joined local and state officials to break ground on the construction of the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project. The 4-year, $416 Million dam is one of only several major dams built in California in 30 years. Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer and Sharon Tapia from the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams were on hand along with neighbors and project supporters. The contractor cut the first notch into the existing dam since it was originally built in 1925.

The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project will replace the existing dam with a 220-feet high new seismically-designed earth and rock-fill dam that will be constructed right next to the existing one. The Calaveras Dam Replacement Project is part of the SFPUC’s $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) to repair, replace, and seismically upgrade the aging pipelines, tunnels and reservoirs in the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.

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