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
President Biden put forth a bold infrastructure funding package that would vastly facilitate repair of the nation’s foundation for commerce, travel, sustainability. Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers “grade” the nation’s infrastructure (read about it here: https://infrastructurereportcard.org). The grading was just completed for the past four years and, not surprisingly, the overall grade is a C-.
The debate seems to be moving to the “definition” of infrastructure but there are areas of no contest. Sewer systems, such as RESCU projects, roads, bridges, levees, such as surround SVCW’s facilities, and numerous others are uncontested infrastructure categories. I can only hope that something will pass in the nation’s capital that begins addressing the foundational infrastructure needs of its lands.
SVCW and its member agencies took on the tough task of addressing its failing infrastructure early and before a real emergency took hold. RESCU is a result of that courage to face and address the need. With the federal government loan assistance program (WIFIA) and the state’s loan program (SRF), SVCW has been able to provide the community’s new replacement infrastructure for generations to come at the lowest possible cost. It takes bold foresight and courage to tackle the tough problems facing our community and I am proud that your local community leaders had such traits to make RESCU happen.