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. 

Teresa Herrera, SVCW Manager


An update by Teresa Herrera, SVCW Manager
October 2020

A notable activity is beginning this month: placement of the gravity pipe into the tunnel from Inner Bair Island to the launch shaft at Redwood Shores Parkway/Shoreway Road. The project named “Gravity Pipeline” has received much interest and wonder due to the methods of construction; tunneling. What many may not know is that, while the tunnel walls are created by concrete segments, the actual pipeline is an 11-foot fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) pipe. This conveyance pipeline will, therefore, be comprised of: a 16-foot outside diameter (13-foot inside diameter) concrete walled tunnel. Inserted into this tunnel will be the 11-foot inside diameter FRP pipe. Between the outer walls of the FRP pipe and the inside walls of the concrete tunnel segments (called “annular space”) will be grout. SVCW’s design-life criteria for this important infrastructure is 100-years. However, it is highly likely that this gravity pipeline will last much longer than its design-life, ensuring reliable wastewater conveyance for generations.


Scroll to Top