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
Progress is being made on all three of our RESCU projects; safely and efficiently. From the time that Salus daylighted in the receiving shaft at Bair Island in late March to the end of June, she was taken apart, cleaned up, inspected, and put back together again. Now she sits at the bottom of the launch shaft ready to begin her second journey; this time heading to the Front of Plant Receiving Shaft at the wastewater treatment plant. Take a look at our Gravity Pipeline page for more detailed information.
For our Front of Plant and Pump Stations Improvements, similarly excellent progress is being made. Construction at the treatment plant for the Front of Plant is at the point where some equipment is able to be installed; a huge milestone! For the Pump Stations Improvements, design is nearing 100% on all elements and construction will begin within the month.
Our design-build partners, Shea-Parson Joint Venture and Barnard-Bessac Joint Venture, both are diligent about keeping their workforce safe and healthy. Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, a worker on one project had tested positive for Covid-19. The project managers responded immediately, the project was shut down for 2 weeks, contact tracing done and there was no further spread to anyone else. The project re-opened and, since March, we’ve not incurred any downtime due to Covid-19 infections. Given that tens of thousands of person-hours have elapsed, this is a strong testament to the effectiveness of all cautionary protocols taking place.
Salus, the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), completed her first tunnel drive and broke through into the shaft at Inner Bair