Plans to replace two water storage tanks on Buckland Avenue in San Carlos are 100% complete. Local utilities relocated a utility pole and power lines away from the tank site. The MPWD project team met with neighbors in the area to obtain input on the project. Construction is due to start mid-March, and will take approximately six months to finish. When complete, residents will have two seismically resistant tanks to provide drinking water and fire protection. The more than 50-year-old tanks were not earthquake resistant and potentially could leave customers in the area without water service or fire protection following an earthquake.
For more than a year, MPWD has been working with its engineering firm, Pakpour Consulting Group, Inc., to remove and replace two water tanks in the Buckland Avenue area. These tanks provide the only water storage in that area. The project design is now 60% complete with a target completion date of late 2014. The two 100,000-gallon tanks are more than 50 years old, seismically unstable, and beyond repair. The project requires demolishing and hauling off the old tanks and constructing and installing the new ones. It also includes building new foundations, a retaining wall, fencing and piping. The replacement must be done in two phases, as one tank has to stay in operation at all times. According to General Manager Tammy Rudock, “The project is very challenging because the location is extremely tight and MPWD shares the driveway with two neighbors who are less than 50 feet from the tank site. Our engineering staff has had ongoing meetings with the neighbors in the area, and we will continue to keep them informed during the entire process.”