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
November 2021

Construction is really cool!  And construction methods being used on the RESCU projects are no exception. Currently, the Gravity Pipeline design-builder is installing pipe inside the tunnel and the machine they’re using to ensure exact alignment and slope is innovative and remarkable. Whereas the larger Gravity Pipeline project used a Earth Pressure Balance Tunnel Boring Machine, our Belmont Gravity sewer construction is using a Micro-Tunnel Boring Machine. This method allows a smaller diameter pipeline to be installed 20-30 feet below ground level without opening up the entire length of surface features (roadway and sidewalk in this case). And at the SVCW plant site, the Front of Plant project is busy installing piping manifolds, pumps, valves and other equipment deep into the ground in our Receiving Lift Station.

All projects are running on all cylinders and the end is beginning to be in sight. I invite you to read more details about each project in the succeeding pages.


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