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Connecting local water systems

The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and San Juan Water District announced today they have completed construction of the Barton Road Intertie. The project connects PCWA’s and San Juan’s treated water systems, increasing service reliability for both agencies.

The intertie project consists of 2,700 feet of underground pipe within Barton Road, an emergency pump, and instrumentation and control systems. By connecting the two waters systems, San Juan and PCWA can provide water to one another at a daily capacity of 2 million gallons per day, enough to service over 2,000 households.

“We’re very excited about completion of the project,” San Juan Water District General Manager Shauna Lorance said. “With current drought conditions, the intertie provides a much needed mutual benefit.”

The total cost for the project is approximately $1.5 million. Roughly half the cost was covered by Proposition 84 funds awarded to the Regional Water Authority (RWA) through its 2014 Integrated Regional Water Management Drought Grant application. PCWA and San Juan Water District equally split the remaining costs.

“PCWA is proud to partner with San Juan Water District on the Barton Road Intertie and is thankful to the District for leading the project on behalf of both of us,” PCWA General Manager Einar Maisch said. “We are also grateful to RWA for recognizing the importance of this project and providing a means to obtain a portion of the funding.”

The project ran a successful operational test on Friday, September 11.

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