09/21/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2023 10:29
Construction on the clearwell replacement is anticipated to begin this fall following the award of contract to Gateway Pacific Contractors, Inc., at the Sept. 19 Poway City Council meeting. The clearwell is Poway's major storage reservoir for water treated at the water treatment plant, prior to being distributed to Poway water customers.
Replacing the aging clearwell, built in 1964, is the second phase of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Program. This program is the largest capital improvement program (CIP) in the city's 43-year history. The first phase of the program built the infrastructure necessary to bypass the clearwell. The improvements to Poway's water system will increase the reliability of drinking water for water customers now and for generations to come.
The two tanks that will be built as part of the clearwell replacement project, will provide Poway's water system with redundancy and operational flexibility in that one tank can be taken offline for maintenance and repairs without interrupting service. Gatweway Pacific was the lowest responsible bidder for the project, with a bid amount of approximately $31.6 million.
The targeted construction start date is Fall 2023 and will include the restoration of the ballfield at Lake Poway once the new tanks are operational. The project is expected to be completed in Fall 2026.