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Apr 08

Facility construction starts mid-April for emergency well

Posted on April 8, 2019 at 9:07 pm by Clay Curtin

In mid-April, construction will begin on the Menlo Park Municipal Water emergency water supply well facility at the City’s Corporation Yard located at 333 Burgess Drive. The well was drilled in spring 2017, and this second and last phase of construction will install the well facility that includes disinfection equipment, emergency generator, associated piping, low water use landscaping and new fences and front entrance gate. Construction should be completed in September 2019. More details on the start date will be distributed to the community via postcards, a newspaper ad and the emergency water supply well project webpage. 

Menlo Park Municipal Water provides water to approximately 17,000 residents and businesses within two service areas:  the lower zone located north and east of El Camino Real and the upper zone located in the Sharon Heights area near Highway 280. Menlo Park Municipal Water purchases all of its water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Hetch Hetchy system. There are no storage facilities or secondary water supplies for the lower zone, and as a result, nearly 3,000 residents and businesses could be without water immediately for an undetermined period if earthquake damage interrupts the availability of the SFPUC supply. This project aims to provide 3,000 gallons per minute for the lower zone, which can be met by constructing 3 to 4 backup wells. This construction will complete the first of those back up wells to meet these project goals.

For more information, please contact Senior Civil Engineer Pam Lowe.