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Posted on: April 28, 2016

Marin Municipal Water District to Replace Pipeline, including 120-year-old sections, in Mill Valley

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will replace nearly a mile total of dated and worn pipeline in five neighborhoods in Mill Valley and one neighborhood in Corte Madera beginning this week. The new water pipeline will be better able to withstand an earthquake and improves fire flow capacity. Construction is scheduled to last through September.

The lowest responsible bid for the project was submitted by Michael Paul Company of Petaluma in the amount of $563,072. Streets impacted by this project include: Corte Madera Avenue, Molino Avenue, Rainbow Lane, Montford Avenue, and Reed Street in Mill Valley, as well as Chapman Drive in Corte Madera. Both the contractor and MMWD will make every effort to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.

The worn and dated pipelines, some sections of which were installed as early as 1895, has been the site of numerous leaks, making them good candidates for replacement. This project is being coordinated with the City of Mill Valley and Town of Corte Madera to be completed prior to upcoming overlay repaving projects on Chapman Drive, Corte Madera Avenue, and Molino Avenue, 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 Mill Valley Pipeline Replacement 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 Construction Inspection Supervisor Dick Paulson ( or 415-945-1569).

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

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