Bids for Construction Now Being Accepted; District Provides Update on Ratepayer-funded Capital Improvement Projects

BOULDER CREEK, CA – The San Lorenzo Valley Water District opened of the bid process on Monday for replacing a pair of 20,000-gallon redwood tanks used for drinking water. The tank replacement is a key capital improvement project among many others completed or in process that, combined, total $16.85 million in infrastructure upgrades to the District’s 76-year-old water system.

The bid process will be open June 26 to July 28. The SLVWD Board of Directors anticipates selecting a contractor at its Aug. 18 meeting. Work is scheduled to begin late summer/early fall and is expected to be completed by March 2018.

The tanks, known as the “Swim Tanks,” are located off Scenic Way in Ben Lomond and are part of the original water distribution system acquired by the District from Citizens Utility Company in 1965. The current tanks are undersized for the service area and require ongoing maintenance to control leaks. The tanks will be replaced with a new 64,000-gallon bolted steel water tank at the same location. The $678,000 project includes the tank, fencing, retaining walls and electronic “SCADA” control, which enables monitoring and controlling all aspects of the water system remotely.



SLVWD’s Capital Improvement Projects are funded by District ratepayers. Completed and in-process projects include:


  • Lompico Intertie/Booster Station, Final Cost: $250k (funded through State grant). Status: project completed in 2014.
  • Olympia Mutual Pipelines (a portion of the project replaced existing SLVWD infrastructure), Final Cost: $1.7M (majority funded through SRF, paid by Olympia Assessment District). Status: project completed in 2015.
  • Intertie 6, Final Cost: $2M (partially paid by Proposition funds). Status: project completed in 2015.
  • Sunnycroft Road Pipeline Replacement, Final Cost: $68K. Status: project completed in 2015.
  • SCADA Upgrade @ Kirby Treatment Plant, Final Cost: $123K. Status: project completed in 2015.
  • Interties 2,3,4, Final Cost: $7.5M (partially paid by Proposition funds). Status: project completed in 2016.
  • SCADA Upgrade @ Lyon Treatment Plant, Final Cost: $160K. Status: project completed in 2016.
  • Pasatiempo Well 5 Repairs, Final Cost: $55K. Status: project completed in 2016.

Project In Process

Probation Tank — Total Budget: $1.95M. Status: design completed in 2016; environmental work completed in 2017; bidding process planned for early 2018; construction planned for mid-2018.

Fall Creek Fish Ladder — Total Budget: $880K. Status: Design Completed in 2016; environmental work planned for completion in 2018; construction planned for 2019.

Bull/Bennett Pipeline Replacement — Total Budget: $1.6M. Status: 2,000 LF of HDPE pipeline installed above ground in early 2017; final design planned for 2018; environmental work planned for 2018-19; bidding planned for 2019; construction planned for 2019.