The RESCU Program

The RESCU Program describes eleven projects which constitute full replacement and rehabilitation of SVCW’s conveyance system. RESCU includes the Gravity Pipeline, Front of Plant, Pump Stations, and Belmont Force Main projects. The Front of Plant includes six of the eleven projects. The Conveyance System Improvements Environmental Impact Report completed and adopted by the SVCW Commission in April 2017 covers work to be done under all the RESCU Program projects.

RESCU and its subsidiary projects are all considered ‘Essential Infrastructure’ and continue to make progress. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our construction crews continue to operate with additional safety measures in place to keep them safe and healthy. Every day, our crew members are checked for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature, prior to entering a worksite.  The crews practice social distancing, frequent hand washing, and wear face coverings. We also disinfect commonly used areas daily to prevent the spread of the virus. Safety is our top priority, and operating during this pandemic doesn’t change that priority. 


An update by Teresa Herrera, SVCW Manager
October 2021

Now that tunneling is complete, work on the Gravity Pipeline project has turned to installing the pipe inside the tunnel and making the connection between the drop shaft and the tunnel.  The drop shaft is located near SVCW’s San Carlos Pump Station site adjacent the airport. Through this shaft, wastewater flows from both San Carlos and Belmont will flow into the tunnel. Back to the pipe-installation activities: the 11-foot diameter fiberglass reinforced plastic pipe is being inserted into the concrete-lined tunnel.  The wastewater from all of SVCW’s service area will flow through the pipe to the wastewater treatment plant.

At the wastewater treatment plant, the Front of Plant project continues to make great progress. Manifold piping, pump isolation valves and ventilation ducting has been installed in the Receiving Lift Station so it’s really getting in shape and looking like a lift station!  Salus is now out of the SFS shaft and our design-build partner, Shea-Parsons will get into this shaft and ready it for connection to the RLS.

For our Pump Stations Improvements project, field work continues at all three project locations. I encourage you to read about this, and the other two projects, within their respective pages.

Until next time, be safe!


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