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
August 2021

Salus reached her destination at SVCW’s wastewater treatment plant without any issues and is currently being disassembled and transported back to the Airport Access Shaft site at Shoreway Road/Holly Street. Once there, she’ll be shipped to her place of origin in Germany to Herrenknect’s manufacturing facility. SVCW and its design-build partner for the Gravity Pipeline project originally negotiated a sell-back fee for Salus, working it into the overall agreement. Salus will live on in a different form for a different tunneling project somewhere else in the world. We will bid her adieu with a bow to her excellent performance!

With Salus showing up at the wastewater facility, our Front-of-Plant design-build partner (SPJV) and Gravity Pipeline design-Build partner (BBJV) were sharing tight quarters so that each could complete their respective project milestones. It’s a testament to the camaraderie, professionalism, and mutual respect that these teams worked well together in the shared space.

For our Pump Stations Improvements project, field work has begun at all three project locations. There are significant coordination points with various public and private entities and I’m happy to report that nearly all the coordination needs have been finalized. This provides unhindered access for the work to progress at the three project sites.


Gravity Pipeline August 2021

With Salus, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), successfully completing its second tunneling drive, SVCW’s contractor partner, Barnard-Bessac Joint Venture (BBJV),

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