Water Authority and Helix Water District dedicate new water delivery project

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Water Authority and Helix Water District dedicate new water delivery project
Newly completed pipeline to provide water to eastern and southern county communities
January 21, 2005

The San Diego County Water Authority and the Helix Water District today dedicated the new Moreno-Lakeside Pipeline. The new 4.7-mile pipeline will provide up to 80-million gallons per day of untreated water to Helix’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant. The additional treated water will serve customers in the Helix, Otay, Padre Dam and Lakeside water districts. Representatives from the Water Authority and Helix Water District dedicated the $25 million project in a ceremony at the pipeline’s flow control facility.

“The Moreno-Lakeside pipeline is a vital and needed facility which will provide a new supply of treated water to our member agencies,” said Maureen Stapleton, Water Authority general manager. “This project not only increases water reliability, but also provides for critical water deliveries during emergencies.”

Designed to meet current and future treated water demands in eastern and southern San Diego County, the new supply of treated water from the Levy plant will provide 40 million gallons per day to Helix, 8 mgd to Otay and 18 mgd to Padre Dam with 14 mgd reserved for future use. Padre Dam will provide treated water to the Lakeside Water District. The pipeline will begin delivering water to the Levy Treatment plant in February.

Helix Water District General Manager Mark Weston said, “The Moreno-Lakeside Pipeline provides a significant increase in raw water supply to the East County area; therefore, providing a high degree of water delivery reliability for its residents. This new connection will allow R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant to accommodate the needs of neighboring water districts, especially during times of county-wide treated water shortages. With this new pipeline the R.M.Levy Treatment Plant will be able to serve nearly 500,000 people located in three east county water districts.”

The Moreno-Lakeside Pipeline Project is part of the Water Authority’s Capital Improvement Program to enhance and increase the operational flexibility of its water delivery system. In addition to providing a new supply of treated water, the pipeline will also provide water in an emergency. During a natural disaster, such as a severe drought or earthquake that cuts off the Water Authority’s imported water supply, the Moreno-Lakeside Pipeline can deliver water stored in the San Vicente Reservoir to the R. M. Levy plant.

The San Diego County Water Authority is a public agency serving the San Diego region as a wholesale supplier of water from the Colorado River and Northern California. The Water Authority works through its 23 member agencies to provide a safe, reliable water supply to support the region’s $142 billion economy and the quality of life of 3 million residents.
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