The San Lorenzo Valley Water District (SLVWD) is in the process of replacing six undersized and leaking redwood tanks in Lompico, as well as of replacing 3.3 miles of pipeline that were deemed inefficient, ineffective (due to age and size), and undersized for fire flow in Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.
Lompico Tank Project
The Lompico Tanks Project involves three tank sites with six tanks total that provide the main water storage and service for Lompico and nearby areas, referred to as Madrone, Lewis, and Kaski tank sites.
The Madrone tank site was completed in November and is now in use. The Lewis tank site has completed construction and is completing water quality sampling before being brought online for use. While the Kaski site is in the process of having its original tanks removed and will begin site grading in early December.
The tank replacement project was funded through a $2.75 million assessment district as part of the SLVWD/Lompico consolidation project.
The 5-Pipeline Replacement Project
The Pipeline Replacement Project will increase the capacity for fire flow and improve water quality in the areas of Boulder Creek (Big Basin Highway - 236, Sequoia Avenue, and Hillside Drive) and Ben Lomond (California Drive and Quail Hollow Road).
The pipelines in Hillside Drive and Reynolds Drive has been constructed. The final steps of installing service laterals, fire hydrants and air relief valves has begun and should be completed mid-December 2020.
The pipelines in California Drive have completed the saw cutting of the trench line and potholing of existing services. Construction and installation of the mainline pipeline is in progress and estimated to be competed in January 2021.
While the pipeline in Quail Hollow Road required additional environmental permitting. The draft Initial-Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS-MND) will open for public review in early December with construction slated for Spring 2021.
For more information, call (831) 338-2153, or go to www.slvwd.com.
A Surf Advisory is in effect from now through noon on Thanksgiving Day. Large northwest swells are expected, as are long period forerunners, that could cause sneaker waves and stronger rip currents. Swell heights are expected to be 14 to 16 feet at 16 to 19 second intervals tomorrow increasing to 18 to 24 foot waves on thanksgiving morning. The large swell is also expected to continue the coastal erosion that began this past summer.
A Maple House II resident in her mid-90’s, with other significant health issues, is now the first person from that facility to have passed away with Covid-19 . 13 other residents and 11 staff members have tested positive at the assisted living facility, in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz. There are currently 913 active cases of the virus in Santa Cruz county.
This death brings the number of Covid-19 related deaths in the county to 28.
Along with the recent uptick in cases of Covid-19 around the country (and around the state), the numbers have jumped in our tri-county as well. The biggest uptick (by ratio) is in San Benito county where last month there were 12 active cases of the virus, and as of yesterday there are now 121....with 113 of those reported in the last week. Although the cause of the cases is under investigation, so far most transmissions have been traced to be from contact between people in the same household....with a close second being contact with family and friends outside the household.....such as dinner gatherings, weddings, baby showers, and parties.