Dave Druker | 11th Street
Photo Art Olson.
While many other cities across the United States have experienced bursting water mains and sewer spills from broken sewer pipes, Del Mar has consistently maintained its infrastructure. We taxpayers fund this maintenance through our water, sewer and clean-water fees.
In March the city broke ground on a major project, the replacement of the 22nd Street Sewer Pump Station. This station is over 25 years old, well beyond its useful life. The new 50 year pump station will be all above ground with a public restroom for daylight use.
There will be a new access to the tennis courts during construction. The revised pump design will be one story instead of two stories. Energy Advisory Committee recommendations will reduce electrical consumption. Construction should take about 14 months followed by another 3 months for demolition of the old station and reconstruction of the basketball court .
City bonds taken out for sewer upgrades in the early 1990s will soon be paid off so these funds can be diverted to make payments on a State revolving loan for the $5 million cost of this project.
Photo Art Olson.
Every two years major construction projects are initiated on the water system as funds are saved. 2010 will see funds provided to upgrade the Crest Road and Torrey Pines reservoir tanks. These $300,000 tanks will have anti-corrosive coatings and cathodic protection to eliminate future corrosion.
In our next issue we will provide an update on the North Torrey Pines Bridge Project – the largest infrastructure project undertaken by the City of Del Mar.
Facts provided by David Scherer – Director Public Works.