News Release

Posted on: July 21, 2016

MMWD to Replace Pipeline, including 117-year-old section, in Kentfield and San Rafael

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will replace approximately 2,130 feet of dated and worn cast iron pipeline within the unincorporated community of Kentfield and the City of San Rafael beginning late July. This project will replace leak-prone pipeline in coordination with planned road improvements to be conducted by the City of San Rafael. Construction is scheduled to last through October.

The lowest responsible bid for the project was submitted by W.R. Forde Associates in the amount of $417,130. Streets impacted by this project include: Stadium Way in Kentfield, Cala Vista Drive, G Street, Broadview Drive, and Brodea Way in San Rafael. Both the contractor and MMWD will make every effort to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.

This project will replace old and vulnerable cast iron piping installed as early as 1899. There have been numerous leaks along these sections of pipeline, making them good candidates for replacement. This project is being coordinated with the City of San Rafael to be completed prior to upcoming repaving projects on G Street and Broadview Drive; an example of MMWD’s commitment to coordinate infrastructure projects with other local government agencies for the highest benefit and least public impact.

This project aligns with MMWD’s five-year strategic plan to improve water supply resiliency and maintain facilities and equipment sufficiently. The project is funded by the Capital Improvement Program and Fire Flow Improvement Program. Funding for the district’s Fire Flow Improvement Program is provided by a $75 annual parcel fee. From 1997 through June 30, 2014 the fee has supported the investment of more than $86 million in fire flow and seismic-related improvements and the replacement of more than 76 miles of pipe throughout the district’s 147-square-mile service area.

Customers with questions about the project can contact MMWD Assistant Engineer Jake Miller (jmiller@marinwater.org or 415-945-1580).

MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 187,500 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water. The annual operating budget for the district for fiscal year 2015-16 is $66.8 million.

Media Contact: Emma Detwiler
Phone: 415-945-1592
Email: edetwiler@marinwater.org

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