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Agency studies $10M pipeline project

Construction may begin in a year and would take a year to complete, according to Castaic Lake Water

Posted: February 11, 2010 10:09 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Castaic Lake Water Agency will soon find out how many businesses may be disrupted by a $10 million pipeline replacement project.

Brian Folsom, the agency's engineering and operations manager, said the planning and preliminary design of the project will determine where the new line will go and thus how many businesses will be affected by the installation, which will involve digging trenches.

Each section of the project could take a few weeks to complete, he said.

The Castaic Lake Water Agency board of directors unanimously authorized Lee & Ro Inc. to conduct the scoping study for $172,000 Wednesday night. The item was on the board's consent calendar, so it was not discussed.

Construction may begin in a year and will likely take a year to complete, Folsom said.

The project will replace 1.5 miles of pipeline in a segment of the agency's water system between the Earl Schmidt Filtration Plant, located southeast of Castaic Lake, and Bridgeport Park.

The line will be replaced with a larger pipe that will bring it up to the size of the rest of the system, which was built around this older segment at a larger size in anticipation of known future development, Castaic Lake Water Agency General Manager Dan Masnada said.

The old segment is 36 and 39 inches in diameter; the new segment will bring it to 54 inches.

"It enhances our flexibility," Masnada said. "It allows us to operate the system the way it was originally intended."

The water bottlenecks there and keeps the agency from maneuvering water under some circumstances, such as when one of its two treatment plants needs maintenance, he said.


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