Thursday, July 31, 2014

Night Work Continues at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant

Night work on the new 78-inch treated water pipeline will continue at the plant through early September. This swing shift is currently scheduled Monday to Friday, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Noise monitors will take readings every night near the entrance to the plant on Crystal Springs Road to ensure compliance.

Inside the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir, work will take place 24 hours a day. Construction workers are coating the inside of the tank to make sure it is sealed and water-tight. Neighbors are unlikely to hear noise from work inside the reservoir tank.  

Concrete trucks are scheduled to use Millbrae’s Helen Drive this Friday, August 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enter the plant via the Helen Gate. Our neighbors on Helen Drive may notice a truck approximately every 20 minutes during those hours. Flaggers will be present to ensure safety.

Night work on the Millbrae side of the plant near Sycamore Drive is expected to begin after Labor Day. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Harry Tracy Update

On Wednesday, July 23rd, concrete trucks will use Millbrae’s Helen Drive to enter the plant between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Our neighbors on Helen can expect several truck trips per hour during that time, as workers place concrete at the Meter Vault just inside the Helen Gate. Traffic control flaggers will be present on Helen Drive to ensure safety.

Swing Shift Resumes on July 21
Beginning this Monday evening, July 21st, night work will take place at the plant from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Work will be performed overnight inside the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. Neighbors of the plant are unlikely to hear indoor work. However, OSHA regulations (federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration) require backup alarms on small trucks and other vehicles that workers use during the swing shift.

On Wednesday evening, July 23rd, night work will continue outdoors to complete the 78 inch treated water pipeline that will carry drinking water to our wholesale customers. The pipeline crosses the main road inside the plant. Construction in this area must take place overnight in order to allow for normal plant activities during the day.

These projects are scheduled to take approximately six weeks. Swing shifts will be necessary periodically through December 2014.

Noise monitors will be present every night to ensure compliance with local laws. Please call us 24-hours a day at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

Come Join Us at the PPSU Construction Open House This Week!

The Peninsula Pipelines Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) project will begin construction in August and to kick off the start of construction, the project team is hosting an informational open house on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:30-7:30 p.m. to learn about the project. This project is the last pipeline project in the region as part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, and is expected to be complete in fall 2015.

WHAT: Construction Open House

WHERE: City of Millbrae Library - 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 (Map)

WHEN: Stop by anytime on Thursday, July 24 between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHY: Construction is starting soon on this important water reliability project. Project Team members will there to answer questions and let you know what to expect during construction.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Night Work to Resume at Harry Tracy

Beginning as early as Monday, July 7, our contractor will resume a nighttime swing shift schedule at the plant. The swing shift activities closest to the main gate will involve installation of underground connection utilities for the new 11 million gallon treated water reservoir.

Work hours for the second shift will be 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning early July and extending periodically through December. The night work will typically be Monday to Friday only, with Saturday night shifts added when necessary.

Some work must be scheduled at night to avoid conflict with normal plant operations and daytime construction. The plant continues to provide drinking water to our wholesale customers, and must remain online during construction this summer and early fall.

The project is currently on track and on schedule to complete major construction by the end of 2014. Please call us with any questions at (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WSIP’s Last Pipeline Project Begins August 2014!

The Peninsula Pipelines Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) is starting construction! The construction contract was awarded to Ranger Pipelines, Inc. Pre-construction work is already underway with construction activities scheduled to begin in August 2014.

The PPSU project consists of seismic upgrades to three critical water delivery pipelines in Northern San Mateo County. These upgrades are needed to ensure drinking water delivery to our customers following an earthquake. We will replace segments of the pipeline, open-trench construction, surface restoration and installing structural support within an existing tunnel.

The PPSU project spans six improvement components in four different cities on the San Francisco Peninsula within San Mateo County: Millbrae, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Colma. For more details, view the project fact sheet here.

This pipeline project is one of more than 80 water improvement projects that are part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). The PPSU project is the final pipeline replacement project in the WSIP program.

To kick off construction, the PPSU project team will host an open house event on Thursday, July 24 at the City of Millbrae Public Library (1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA, 94030). The public is invited to talk with the project team about upcoming construction activities between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To receive project updates, please subscribe to this blog or visit our project web page

Friday, June 20, 2014

The WSIP Turns 10!

This year the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) turns 10! One of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, the WSIP is repairing, replacing and upgrading our aging water infrastructure to ensure we can deliver water to customers following an earthquake. We’ve gotten a little nostalgic about how far we’ve come in the last 10 years, and we would like to share this video with you.

Now 80 percent complete, the WSIP has already provided increased reliability to the water supply for customers as a result of the completion of some of the program’s major projects. The program has created over 6 million construction craft hours to date, employing more than 11,000 workers since 2007. Nearly half of those workers live in our four-county service area.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Upcoming Night Work at Harry Tracy

The project team expects night work to begin at the plant on Tuesday, May 27th. The new shift is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Monday through Friday until mid-July. Saturday work will continue as usual, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This swing shift is needed to construct a 78-inch treated water pipeline within the plant property. The new pipeline runs through the main road of the plant. Work in this area must be scheduled at night to avoid conflict with daytime construction and normal plant operations.

The plant is currently online to treat water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System and provide water to wholesale customers in San Mateo County.

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Night lighting is pointed downward and faced away from residential areas. Noise monitors will be present every night during the swing shift to maintain compliance with local ordinances, and deliveries are scheduled during the day shift.

Please call our 24-hour phone line at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.