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
This month, the Gravity Pipeline project will meet a major milestone … Salus, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will emerge from her underground journey into our receiving shaft at the treatment plant! At her current pace, we expect that she’ll show up during the last week of May. Her journey has been incredibly successful to date as evidenced by the precision of her horizontal and vertical alignment remaining well within her prescribed course setting. We also set a very strict limit for ground-level impacts and she has performed remarkably, remaining well below the quarter inch goal for the vast majority of her travels. Much work remains to do on this project, including installing the carrier pipe inside the tunnel, grouting the annular space between the pipe and tunnel walls, and completing the drop shafts to bring wastewater from our member agencies’ systems into SVCW conveyance system.
The Pump Station Improvements project team is in full construction mode with field work occurring at two of the three pump station sites. I want to give a big thank you to our community neighbors who have been working with us to get this important infrastructure project off the ground. While there is disruption occurring on our community streets, we try our utmost to minimize the impact to traffic and businesses. Our goal is to complete the work in the most efficient manner so that we can get in and out of the area as quickly as possible.
Our Front of Plant project is progressing quickly with equipment being installed and connections made. Our operations and maintenance staff began working with our design-build team on start-up activities. Beginning early on the start-up and testing activities will ensure a smooth transition when the facilities are ready. While this is estimated to be about a year away, it’s critical to initiate this now. The complexity of a facility such as this requires significant training and input from all members of the project team, and I am pleased to say that we’re on target in all aspects of the work.