Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Irvington Tunnel Project Open House on June 3rd

Construction on the New Irvington Tunnel is nearing completion! We anticipate commissioning the new tunnel sometime this Fall 2014. The new tunnel will provide a seismically-designed connection between water supplies from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Alameda Watershed, providing water to our 2.6 million customers. Work still lies ahead, with project completion expected in mid-2015. 

Join us on June 3, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Mission Coffee House (151 Washington Blvd., Fremont CA). The project team will be present to answer any of your questions and discuss what to expect post-construction for our Groundwater Management Plan participants. 

View from inside a section of the New Irvington Tunnel

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Alameda County Residents Contribute to 10 Years of WSIP Success

It seems like only yesterday the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission launched the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). However, April marked the 10-year anniversary of WSIP, and, perhaps it seems like time has flown by since we’ve been busy at work!!  Since the start, 11,000 workers have been employed by the program.

Nearly six million craft hours have been completed on the program to date, which includes 725,000 apprenticeship hours.  Plus, San Francisco and service-area residents have worked 50 percent of those craft hours. In fact, Alameda County residents are responsible for the largest percentage of total hours worked on WSIP out of all the participating counties!

Thanks in part to the hard work of Alameda County residents, the WSIP is now 80 percent complete. The WSIP will ensure the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which serves 2.6 million customers in the Bay Area, will be able to withstand a major earthquake or drought and continue to deliver water to customers.

                       A crew member upgrades the San Antonio Pump Station, a key WSIP project now complete.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sunol Glen School Students Celebrate Earth Week with Us!

What do ancient shark teeth, wasps nests, and owl pellets have in common? All were on display last week at the Sunol Glen School’s Earth Day Science celebration last week.  We were lucky enough to have been invited to participate, along with other local groups and leaders.  The kids, grades Kindergarten through eighth grade, learned about the importance of building a seismically upgraded replacement dam at the Calaveras Reservoir. Our project Geologist Bradley Erskine showed some fascinating fossils found at the Calaveras site during construction. The biggest hit with the students by far was a prehistoric shark tooth possibly from a Megladon, dating at approximately 20 million years old.  We had a great time answering questions about how water gets to your tap and the importance of the Water System Improvement Program to future generations.

Having met the leaders of tomorrow at Sunol Glen School, we know the future is in good hands! Sunol Glen Schools students proved themselves to be inquisitive and curious scientists at Earth Day on May 2nd

Geologist Bradley Erskine and Natural Resources staffer Amy Dawson share fossil finds from Calaveras Dam to the Sunol Glen School students

Sample fossils of prehistoric shark teeth dating over 20 million years old