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
April 2022

Work on the three RESCU project elements continues: Front of Plant, Gravity Pipeline, and Pump Stations Improvements. The Gravity Pipeline project is nearing completion although critical items of work remain, specifically, the connections of our member agencies’ collections systems to the gravity pipe system. We have two connecting points: 1) at Inner Bair Island which will accommodate flows from Redwood City and West Bay Sanitary District service areas and 2) at the site of our San Carlos Pump Station where flows from San Carlos and Belmont will enter. While it sounds simple to make connections, in reality it is quite a complex engineering and construction feat. Completion of the tunnel and interior pipe installation now allow the connections to proceed. This work is anticipated to be many months in duration and completion is anticipated in late 2022.

A preliminary treatment system for SVCW is in final phases of construction via our Front of Plant project. The design-build partner, SPJV, SVCW staff, and our consulting engineers and construction managers are working on startup and commissioning plans, with an anticipated startup date of Fall 2022.

Work on the different aspects of the Pump Stations Improvements project is progressing according to schedule. There are three active sites:  1) Menlo Park Pump Station, 2) Redwood City Pump Station, and 3) Shoreway Road. Work at Shoreway Road is comprised of micro-tunneling to install a new gravity pipeline that will convey Belmont flows to the new Gravity Pipeline. This work is vitally important and has a significant benefit of deleting a pump station, thus saving energy, operational, and maintenance costs associated with pumping wastewater. We’re eager to have this in place!

Please click on the respective project web pages to read more about progress and to see cool pictures and videos of construction activities.  Thanks for reading and please be safe!


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