Emergency & Carryover Storage Project Wins Prestigious International Award

The San Diego County Water Authority’s $1.5 billion Emergency & Carryover Storage Project, built to protect the region from droughts and catastrophic disruptions to imported water supplies, has won one of the engineering industry’s most prestigious global awards – the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The association announced the awards March 16 at its 2017 Outstanding Projects and Leaders awards event in Arlington, Va.  Other finalists for the award included: One World Trade Center in New York City; Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminal 2 in Mumbai, India; Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge in New Haven, Conn.; and the Union Station to Oak Cliff Dallas Streetcar Project in Dallas, Texas.

More information on the ASCE award is at http://news.asce.org/emergency-and-carryover-storage-project-earns-ocea/

Major elements of the Emergency and Carryover Storage Project include:

·         Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir, Pipeline and Pump Station.The project included construction of a 318-foot-tall dam that added 24,000 acre-feet of emergency water storage. (Completed in 2003)

·         Lake Hodges Pipeline and Pump Station.The pipeline connected Olivenhain Reservoir to Lake Hodges, providing access to 20,000 acre-feet of emergency water in Lake Hodges. The pump station generates power and moves water between the reservoirs. (Pipeline completed in 2007; pump station completed and operational in 2012)

·         San Vicente Pipeline and Pump Station.The 11-mile, 12-foot-diameter tunnel and 8.5-foot-diameter pipeline connected San Vicente Reservoir to the Water Authority’s Second Aqueduct, and the pump station moves the water from the reservoir to the aqueduct. (Pump station completed in 2010; pipeline completed in 2011)

·         San Vicente Dam Raise.This project, the tallest dam raise in the nation, raised the dam by 117 feet, creating 52,100 acre-feet of emergency water storage capacity and 157,663 acre-feet of carryover storage capacity. (Completed in 2014)

More information on the E&CSP is at http://www.sdcwa.org/emergency-carryover-storage-project