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Posted on: September 19, 2016

MMWD to Replace Worn Pipeline in San Rafael

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will replace approximately 2,800 feet of dated and fire flow deficient cast iron pipeline within the City of San Rafael beginning mid-September. Construction is scheduled to be completed in January.

The lowest responsible bid for the project was submitted by W.R. Forde Associates in the amount of $667,225. Streets impacted by this project include: Hepburn Heights Road, Fifth Avenue, and Scenic Avenue 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 1927 with 18-inch welded steel pipe. This pipeline supplies water to the City of San Rafael from Forbes Tank.

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 district’s Fire Flow Improvement Program (FFIP). Funding for the district’s FFIP 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 Senior Engineer Elysha Anderson ( or 415-945-1572).

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
(415) 945-1592

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