Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lane Closure in December on Crystal Springs Road near Polhemus

Beginning Wednesday, December 14th, portions of Crystal Springs Road between Skyline Blvd. and Polhemus will be closed to one lane from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic through one open lane at all times. The work is expected to finish by December 23rd, Monday through Friday only.

Our Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 (CSPL2) runs through the area and provides water to San Mateo County. The CSPL2 project team is preparing for work to replace and upgrade this portion of the water pipeline in mid-2012.

Please call 24-hours a day with any questions: (866) 973-1476.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Construction Traffic Temporarily Diverted to Helen Drive in Millbrae

We are working in Millbrae on long term improvements at our Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. Due to unexpected repairs in the roadway at the Harry Tracy plant entrance on Crystal Springs Road, construction traffic must be temporarily redirected through the Helen Drive plant entrance.

Traffic flaggers will be present. This temporary traffic diversion is expected to take no longer than one week. Increased truck traffic on Helen Drive will be present only during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Please call 24-hours with any questions or concerns: (866) 973-1476!


Friday, December 9, 2011

Saturday work on December 10th near Polhemus Road in San Mateo

Crews will continue landscaping work at the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel South Shaft site near Polhemus Road in San Mateo.

They will be on site this Saturday, December 10th beginning at 9am. Crews have been directed to not use any loud equipment before 9am and to not make noise if they arrive on site to mobilize before 9am.

Dust control measures will be used to help prevent dust.


Work will continue at the site during the week of December 12th.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns: 866-973-1476.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lane Closure on Crystal Springs Road Near Sawyer Camp Trail – December 8 and 9

Thursday and Friday (December 8th and 9th) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., portions of Crystal Springs Road between Skyline Blvd. and Polhemus will periodically be closed to one lane. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic through one open lane at all times.

The Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 (CSPL2) team will be “potholing” – a limited activity with a small crew – in advance of work in 2012 to replace and upgrade the CSPL2 drinking water pipeline. This pipeline provides water to San Mateo County and runs through unincorporated San Mateo County, Hillsborough, Burlingame, Millbrae, San Bruno, South San Francisco, Brisbane and Daly City.

Please call 24-hours a day with any questions: (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Landscaping Work Continues on Polhemus Rd in San Mateo



Crews continue to work at the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel South Shaft site along Polhemus Road in San Mateo.


Hydroseeding began this week and will likely continue into next week (week of December 12th). Neighbors may notice the bright green color on the soil in the area. The green soil mixture contains thousands of seeds that will germinate with the wet weather and grow into grasses in the late winter/early spring. The green color will eventually disappear. Neighbors may see the machine spraying the seeds this week.


Crews will likely finish the landscaping work during the week of December 12th.


Work is moving quickly thanks to the sunny weather. In order to manage dust, crews will continue to wet down the area with water as needed.


Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Contact Amy Sinclair at 415-551-4659, asinclair@sfwater.org. After hours and weekends please call 866-973-1476.


Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Revegetation Work to begin at New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel site in San Mateo




Beginning on or around Thursday, December 1st, work crews will begin weeding and grading the South Shaft site area off of Polhemus Road in San Mateo.




The work is part of the final revegetation/relandscaping work for the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project, which was completed this past summer.




During the week of December 5th, crews will spray a hydroseed mixture on the site. Hydroseed is a mixture of seeds and nutrients, often green or blue in color (see example in photo) that will germinate into grasses this winter and spring.




Some equipment, including work trucks, grading machinery and a water truck, will be on site for the next several weeks.




Crews have been asked to maintain dust control and water down the site often. They have also been asked to minimize noise and keep the roadway near the entrance clean and free of mud and debris.




Work hours will be Monday - Friday from 7am to 5pm with some Saturday work possible beginning at 9am.




Please contact Amy Sinclair at 415-551-4659 or asinclair@sfwater.org with any concerns or questions. After hours and weekends, please call 866-973-1476.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Holidays

The staff of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

We hope you enjoy our great Hetch Hetchy tap water while you celebrate this week.

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes" airing Tonight and 11/9 on KQED Quest






“Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes” will air tonight, Friday, November 4th on KQED Channel 9 on “This Week in Northern California” at 7:30PM.

The longer version will air on Channel 9 this upcoming Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30PM.

The KQED Quest documentary features the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program to rebuild and seismically update the Hetch Hetchy Water System.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant: Construction Update

Work to excavate the site of our new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir continues at our Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant in Millbrae.  This reservoir, which holds drinking water before it enters the distribution system, is being relocated within the plant to a more seismically stable area.

Additional truck traffic along Crystal Springs Road will continue, as materials are delivered and the excavated soil is removed.

The plant must maintain water treatment operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the 4 years of construction. Coordinating the continued operation of the plant while reconfiguring and relocating systems is a complicated challenge for our contractors and operations staff!

We are making every effort to minimize construction impacts to your neighborhood. Please let us know your concerns and comments by contacting us at (866) 973-1476…or by attending our Open House on November 14th.

Informational Open House on construction at our Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant
Date: Monday, November 14th
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: San Bruno Recreation Center
Community Room, 251 City Park Way
Directions: The San Bruno Recreation Center is located inside San Bruno City Park near the intersection of Crystal Springs Rd. and Oak Ave.

Our project team will be on-hand to answer any questions you have about the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, current system-wide upgrades, as well as construction project updates. This is an informal drop-in event – stop by any time! 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Landscaping Work to Begin Soon at New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel South Shaft in San Mateo

In the next few weeks, crews will return to the South Shaft site of the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project near Polhemus Road in San Mateo to begin adding a native seedmix to the meadow.

The process, called hydroseeding, involves spraying a mixture of seeds, water and nutrients onto an area of dirt. In some cases, the mixture may be a bright green or blue color.

Watch this blog for more details and a timeframe for the process.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sawyer Camp Trail 2-day Closure -- November 2nd and 3rd

Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for two days on November 2nd and 3rd (Wednesday and Thursday).

During the closure, our project team will deliver additional rock to our new access road segments, and continue seismic upgrades on our Crystal Springs/San Andreas Pipeline. Water in this pipeline has been “turned off” for the months of October and November to facilitate this work.

Notice the unusual green color on some slopes along the trail? This is a temporary, first step of re-vegetation. This bright green soil stabilizer will turn brown and blend in with the surrounding landscape as it dries. During next year’s dry season, we’ll be re-planting native plants in these locations.

One more thing of interest to trail users: the Lower Crystal Springs Dam concrete pours will continue through mid-November. The biggest day will be on Tuesday, November 1st when approximately 65 trucks will deliver cement using Skyline Blvd., Crystal Springs Road and Polhemus Road. Much smaller pours (just a few trucks) are expected on October 28th (Friday) and October 31st (Monday).

Construction of a larger stilling basin, Lower Crystal Springs Dam.


Please do not hesitate to call with your questions or concerns, 24 hours a day (866) 973-1476.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sawyer Camp Trail Open

The entire Sawyer Camp Trail is now open! You will see some construction vehicles driving on the trail daily for the next several weeks. The largest truck is expected to be a water truck, necessary to control dust at the pipeline work locations next to the trail.
                                                                    
Additional short trail closures are expected this fall. Please subscribe to http://sawyercamptrail.blogspot.com/ to get automatic email updates!

Neighbors have asked us about the night work currently taking place on Highway 280 above the Lower Crystal Springs Dam. This is a Caltrans project to improve drainage on the freeway. Caltrans expects the work to be completed by November 15th, prior to the official start of the rainy season.

Please call us 24 hours a day with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476.

Monday, October 24, 2011

South San Francisco Patch: Work Continues to Enlarge Crystal Springs Reservoir Capacity



Posted via South San Francisco Patch http://bit.ly/mTvmUf

October 24, 2011

by Dave Colby

On a day that many in the Bay Area felt a magnitude 3.9 temblor, work continued last Thursday to re-pipe, rebuild, and earthquake-proof the infrastructure of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Crystal Springs serves primarily as a backup water source for the northern portion of San Mateo County and for the City of San Francisco. In a typical year, 15 percent of its water is used by residents; 85 percent is left in storage. The water held in the reservoir comes from the Hetch Hetchy valley near Yosemite, and from local watersheds.

The work that began in early April has a two-fold purpose. The first is to protect this primary source of backup water that would be needed in case any of the unsteady faults in the Bay Area rupture enough to create a crippling earthquake.

Piplines that would ultimately take the emergency water from the reservoir to our taps are old.

"Some of our pipelines and other facilities are aging and need to be addressed," says Maureen Barry, communications manager for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. "Many of them were built early in the 20th century and have reached the end of their useful life."

Ironically, the reservoir lays virtually on top of the notorious San Andreas fault.

The second purpose is to add nine feet of height to the dam in Lower Crystal Springs. Doing so will restore the capacity of the reservoir to its “historic levels”, enabling the capture of more summer Sierra runoff in years of abundant snowpack, and conversely, helping to better cope with anticipated drought conditions in dry years.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which manages Crystal Springs, has employed contractors on the $320 million project through the summer, work that in some cases will continue until 2013.

"Some of these facilities we haven't been able to take out and maintain because we have such a demand for water," says Barry. "Redundancy is now being built in so we can do a better job when something breaks down and still deliver water."

The project work on Crystal Springs is being built to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 7.8, the largest ever recorded on the San Andreas fault.

For hikers, Sawyer Camp Trail - adjacent to the reservoir - has been closed several times during the summer because of the project. Barry says there may be more trail closures coming, as work crews hustle to beat the rainy season.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Busy Day -- Work Near Sawyer Camp Trail on Monday, October 24th

On Monday, October 24th Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from the Hillcrest Gate to the 5 mile marker. This northern-most one mile section of trail will close all day for routine water system maintenance. You will be able to enter the trail at the southern trailhead (Skyline and Crystal Springs Road) and enjoy the first five miles of trail, but there will be no through access at Hillcrest.

The southern portion of the trail will be open Monday, but hikers may see something unexpected: A Hydroseed Truck on the trail! The truck will be applying “Earth Guard” onto the slopes near the trail to prevent erosion. Earth Guard is an environmentally friendly soil stabilizer, and the work is monitored by wildlife biologists. This must be done in advance of the winter storms, but does not require the trail to be closed.

The next big concrete pour for the Lower Crystal Springs Dam stilling basin will take place this Monday, October 24th. 90 trucks will deliver cement to the area between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. using Polhemus and Crystal Springs Road. A smaller pour is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th with about 20 to 45 cement deliveries starting at 6 a.m. Construction on the Lower Crystal Springs Dam stilling basin, spillway and parapet wall is expected to finish on schedule by November 15th!

Please contact us 24-hours a day with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476.

Map of work near Sawyer Camp Trail in 2011 and 2012. Click to enlarge.
Map of work near Sawyer Camp Trail in 2011 and 2012. Click to enlarge.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Peninsula Watershed Update

v   Reminder: Sawyer Camp Trail is closed for two days on October 19th and 20th (Wednesday and Thursday). The entire trail will be closed for two days - to reopen at sunrise on Friday, October 21st.

v  On Monday, October 24th Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from the Hillcrest Gate to the 5 mile marker. This northern-most one mile section of trail will close all day for routine water system maintenance. You will be able to enter the trail at the southern trailhead (Skyline and Crystal Springs Road) and enjoy the first five miles of trail, but there will be no through access at Hillcrest.

v  Work continues on the Lower Crystal Springs Dam stilling basin. The next big concrete pour will take place this Monday, October 24th: 90 trucks will deliver cement to the area between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. using Polhemus and Crystal Springs Road. A smaller pour is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th with about 20 to 45 cement deliveries starting at 6 a.m. Construction on the Lower Crystal Springs Dam stilling basin, spillway and parapet wall is expected to finish on schedule by November 15th!

Please contact us 24-hours a day with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sawyer Camp Trail 2-day Closure: October 19th and 20th

TRAIL CLOSURE:
Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for two days on October 19th and 20th (Wednesday and Thursday). The entire trail will be closed for two days - to reopen at sunrise on Friday, October 21st.

The closure (originally scheduled for earlier this month) is needed to prepare for the rainy season at construction sites near the trail. Also, 100 trucks will deliver rock to complete new access road segments that run along our water pipeline. These access roads will enable repairs and maintenance of the Crystal Springs/San Andreas Pipeline… without driving on Sawyer Camp Trail!

WEEKEND WORK:
Crews will be working this Saturday and Sunday at the Lower Crystal Springs Dam work site (near the southern trailhead to Sawyer Camp Trail) in order to complete work prior to winter storms. Work will also continue all weekend on the Crystal Springs/San Andreas Pipeline adjacent to Sawyer Camp Trail. The pipeline was recently emptied of water for a short window of time to allow for seismic upgrades and valve replacements. Small pick-up trucks and one water truck for dust control will need to drive on the trail both Saturday and Sunday at speeds no more than 5 mph.

POLHEMUS AND BUNKER HILL
All day Friday, October 14th our team will be removing soil from a staging area along Polhemus between Crystal Springs Road and Bunker Hill Drive. You may notice our flagger directing traffic on Polhemus. This work will break for the weekend, but may need to resume on Monday (October 17th).

Please contact us 24-hours a day with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476!

Monday, October 3, 2011

ASCE Honors New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel Project Team


The San Francisco Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) selected New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel for its Large Project of the Year award.

Located in San Mateo County near Polhemus Road, this project is at final completion.

Several members of the project team joined Julie Labonte, Director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), in celebrating the achievement at the San Francisco Section annual dinner in late September. Labonte accepted the award on behalf of Peninsula Regional Project Manager Husam Masri who was out of the country at the time.

One of the very first WSIP regional projects, the new 4,200 foot tunnel and pipeline in San Mateo County was completed ahead of schedule using less than 4% of its contingency funds. An Arup Brierley team assisted SFPUC’s engineering team led by Project Engineer Gilbert Tang with the design. Shank/Balfour Beatty excavated the tunnel using a 12-foot-diameter shielded disc-cutterhead tunnel boring machine. Jacobs Associates of San Francisco provided the construction management.

Labonte applauded the combined team’s excellent design and construction management within strict budget and schedule constraints while contending successfully with neighbors in close proximity and active creek habitats. “Only the best team work can produce such an exceptional performance,” said Labonte.

Here is a photo of the project team at the ASCE event in late September. Congratulations!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sawyer Camp Trail: Construction Update

Thank you to the regular users of Sawyer Camp Trail for bearing with our construction and necessary truck traffic on the trail! Truck traffic is expected to reach a peak this September and October – so remain cautious as you travel the southern portion of the trail. Our drivers are required to travel no more than 5 miles per hour – but sometimes even that pace can make for a surprise on the trail. If you see any activity that concerns you, please call our 24-hour answering line: (866) 973-1476. A good alternate: The northern portion of the trail from Hillcrest Gate is truck free!

In early October, our water pipeline adjacent to the trail will be “shut down” so that crews can install new valves. This pipeline project involves seismic upgrades to 150 connection points and replacing more than 2,000 feet of pipe.

Short trail closures are expected this autumn, but our team is making every effort to minimize inconvenience to trail users.

The good news?
  • Saturdays and Sundays are currently free of construction-related driving (Park Rangers and Watershed Keepers do still patrol the trail, as always).

  • Work along the northern half of the trail is now complete. Our crews will no longer be driving from the 3 mile marker to the Hillcrest Gate.

  • By next spring, new dedicated access road segments will allow more than 80% of the water pipeline to be reached without driving on Sawyer Camp Trail. Construction traffic on the trail is expected to be rare after January 2012.

The Crystal Springs Reservoir System provides emergency backup and supplementary drinking water supply to San Mateo and San Francisco counties. Please call us 24 hours a day with any comments or questions at (866) 973-1476.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Increased Truck Traffic on Friday Nights thru Saturday Days (Approximately 6PM)



Continuing tomorrow night and for the next three Friday nights (through September 3rd), increased truck traffic will be present on Black Mountain Road, Skyline Blvd., Crystal Springs Road, and Polhemus Rd. near the southern trailhead to the Sawyer Camp Trail.

On Friday, August 19th at 11 p.m., trucks will be delivering cement for the continued foundation pour at the base of the Lower Crystal Springs Dam. Truck traffic will continue throughout the night, and throughout Saturday day.

The work will enlarge the dam’s stilling basin (see photo) to ensure any spillway flows are slowed as they enter San Mateo Creek.

Please call our 24-hour answering service if you have any questions or concerns. You can also receive email alerts about construction in the Peninsula Watershed by subscribing to www.sfwater.org/SCT or follow us on Twitter: @SawyerCampTrail.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Increased Truck Traffic on Friday Nights into Saturday Mornings


Starting tonight and continuing for the next four Friday nights (through September 3rd), increased truck traffic will be present on Black Mountain Road, Skyline Blvd. and Crystal Springs Road near the southern trailhead to the Sawyer Camp Trail.

Beginning tonight, Friday, August 12th at 11 p.m., trucks will be delivering cement for a large foundation pour at the base of the Lower Crystal Springs Dam. Truck traffic will continue throughout the night until approximately noon on Saturday.

The work will enlarge the dam’s stilling basin (see photo) to ensure any spillway flows are slowed as they enter San Mateo Creek.

Please call our 24-hour answering service if you have any questions or concerns. You can also receive email alerts about construction in the Peninsula Watershed by subscribing to www.sfwater.org/SCT or follow us on Twitter: @SawyerCampTrail.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Construction Update: Polhemus Road Near Bunker Hill

Kiewit Infrastructure West, contractor for the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, will be utilizing water system property at the corner of Bunker Hill Rd and Polhemus Rd. for temporary construction storage over the next 3 months.

Starting within the next two weeks, there will be truck and hauling activity onto the site (accessing from Polhemus Rd. only). We expect this activity to last approximately one week once it begins. Trucks will be delivering and storing soil at the site while construction at Lower Crystal Springs Dam is ongoing. All soil storage will be covered and continually monitored to ensure dust and runoff does not occur.

Truck hauling hours: 8AM – 6PM
Duration: Truck activity for one week.

Questions?
Please call our 24-hour answering service at (866) 973-1476 or email peninsula@sfwater.org.

For details about the Lower Crystal Springs Dam project, subscribe to our website for project updates: www.sfwater.org/SCT.



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Starting July 7th, contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure West, Inc. will begin pile-driving activities at our Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant (near 280 and Crystal Springs Road). This plant treats drinking water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System (Upper and Lower Crystal Springs Reservoirs and San Andreas Lake) for delivery to northern San Mateo County and San Francisco.

Pile-driving is necessary to form the foundation of our new seismically upgraded treated water reservoir. The first phase of this activity is expected to last no longer than 3 weeks (approximately the end of July).

All work for this project will take place within our property.

Additional noise may be audible to adjacent areas during construction activity. Noise levels will be monitored and maintained within permitted limits.

Vibrations are not expected to impact adjacent areas.

Residents may see additional truck traffic along Crystal Springs Road, as materials are delivered and removed from the site.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Northern Section of Sawyer Camp Trail Closed on Wednesday night, June 29th through Friday, July 1st

A northern portion of Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from the Hillcrest Gate entrance in Millbrae to the 4.5 mile marker beginning this Wednesday, June 29th at 5 p.m. The closure will be in effect through Friday, July 1st. When the trail reopens, please use caution as a metal plate will be located on the trail near the San Andreas Dam (approximately 1 mile south of the Hillcrest entrance).

The southern trailhead at Skyline Blvd. and Crystal Springs Rd. will be open as usual, but hikers will need to turn around by the 4.5 mile marker. No through traffic will be permitted. If you frequent the northern section of Sawyer Camp, you may have noticed lots of construction activity! Crews are seismically upgrading the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System -- ongoing work in the Peninsula Watershed is to enhance the reliability of San Mateo County’s emergency water supply.

Additional closures planned in July not related to the construction project:

July 11th: Cal-Fire tentatively plans to do seasonal fire prevention on Monday morning July 11th, and may close the northern trailhead at the Hillcrest Gate for a few hours.

July 12th – 14th: San Mateo County Parks will close the entire trail for three days (Tuesday through Thursday) to do required seasonal maintenance.

Please subscribe for automatic updates on trail closures on the blog: www.sfwater.org/SCT

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Workers Along Polhemus Road in San Mateo Starting June 29th

Starting on Wednesday, June 29th, the contractor for the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel and Pipeline project will begin performing removal work on small devices, called piezometers, on some of the hillsides and shoulders along Polhemus Road in San Mateo. Several work trucks will also be in the area.

On Thursday, June 30th, work will take place on Polhemus Road near the retaining wall located near the intersection of Ascension Drive and will require traffic control. Neighbors in the area may experience temporary traffic delays.

Thank you for your patience as we complete this important water project.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Please do not drive on upper terrace of South Shaft site off Polhemus Road

The project team has noticed tire tracks on the upper terrace area of the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel's South Shaft site off of Polhemus Road in San Mateo.

PLEASE do not drive cars, trucks, bicycles, etc on the upper terrace area/meadow area of the site. Driving on it will create issues for dust control and erosion. We have measures in place to reduce dust so it does not blow onto homes above.

This fall, we will be adding a native seed mixture to the upper terrace/meadow area.

Thank you for your patience and support as we complete this important water infrastructure project.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Aqua Colored Soil Stabilizer added to NCSBT Meadow Area near Polhemus Rd in San Mateo


Is anyone wondering why the upper terrace/meadow/muck disposal area at the South Shaft construction site of the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel (NCSBT) is now an aqua-blue/green color?

In order to help prevent erosion and to control dust, the contractor has added a soil stablizer in preparation for revegitation.

In late summer/early fall, the area will be seeded with natives grasses and plants.

Please note the color of the soil stabilizer will fade over time! We promise the color is only temporary.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Construction Update at Peninsula Watershed Reservoirs

Silt curtains to protect species and water quality
delivered to San Andreas Lake: May 10, 2011

Barge and Dive Boat Launching at San Andreas Lake:

Does the water level appear low to you at San Andreas Lake? It will continue to get slightly lower to accommodate upcoming underwater seismic improvements. You may also see our crew transporting large marine equipment near the trailhead to San Andreas Trail and the northern entrance to the Sawyer Camp Trail.

The construction team must use the Hillcrest Gate entrance for water craft and other large equipment, which may cause delays on Hillcrest Blvd. (near Skyline in Millbrae, just west of 280). Large deliveries are expected over the next couple of weeks, with work in the reservoir taking place all summer.

If you frequently access Sawyer Camp Trail from Millbrae’s northern trailhead, the trail will remain open! Follow us on Twitter for real-time updates about activities: http://www.Twitter.com/SawyerCampTrail.

Pulgas Water Temple Temporary Closure:

Further south in the Peninsula Watershed (along CaƱada Road), the Pulgas Water Temple is closed as of Monday, May 23rd and is expected to reopen in mid-summer 2011. Please subscribe (see right) in order to receive an email when the temple reopens.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Increased Truck Traffic on Polhemus Road in San Mateo

Residents near the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline project on Polhemus Road in San Mateo will see additional large trucks in the area on Friday, May 20th. Trucks will be making deliveries to the project site and may create some additional traffic or delays on Polhemus Road between Bunker Hill Road and Crystal Springs Road.

The trucks are delivering top soil to the project terrace areas. Dust control measures are in place to help prevent dirt and dust flying into the air. The contractor may continue grading work on the terrace (former muck disposal area) into Saturday.

The tunnel and pipeline are complete and the project is nearing completion. Thank you again to our neighbors for your continued support and patience during the final stages of the project.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Demobilization Continues near Polhemus Rd & Crystal Springs Rd in San Mateo

Crews continue to remove equipment and materials from both the north and south shaft construction sites of the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline project in San Mateo.


Early next week, crews will remove the k-rail along Crystal Springs Road near the former north shaft construction area (the 10 mph zone near Polhemus Road). Metal guard rail will be installed and crews will be working on the shoulder area. Please watch for crews in the area and use caution during this work next week.

Top soil deliveries will continue to the south shaft site along Polhemus Road. Please watch for trucks in the area during the day. Dust mitigation measures will be in effect to minimize dust.


Construction trailers will be removed from the site soon.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Upgrades Beginning



Starting in late April 2011, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will begin upgrades to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. This plant treats drinking water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System (Upper and Lower Crystal Springs Reservoirs and San Andreas Lake) for delivery to northern San Mateo County
and San Francisco.




This work is part of the Water System Improvement Program to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System which serves 2.5 million residents in the San Francisco Bay Area. This work will address seismic and capacity upgrades to ensure water
delivery following a major earthquake.

All work for this project will take place within the SFPUC property. Residents may see additional truck traffic along Crystal Springs Road, as materials are delivered and removed from the site.

The SFPUC will make every effort to minimize construction impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhood.

Questions or concerns:
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!
Alison Kastama, SFPUC Communications (415) 554-0712 or akastama@sfwater.org

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Truck Traffic on Polhemus Road in San Mateo this week



Residents near the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline project on Polhemus Road in San Mateo will see additional large trucks in the area this week. Trucks will be making deliveries to the project site and may create some additional traffic or delays on Polhemus Road between Bunker Hill Road and Crystal Springs Road.



The trucks are delivering top soil to the project terrace areas. With the beautiful, sunny weather this week, dust control measures are in place to help prevent dirt and dust flying into the air.

The tunnel and pipeline are complete and the project is nearing completion. Thank you again to our neighbors for your continued support and patience during the final stages of the project.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Some additional Truck Traffic on Polhemus Road in San Mateo

Residents near the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline project near Polhemus Road in San Mateo may see some additional large trucks in the area today and Friday, April 29th.

The trucks are delivering top soil to the project's lower terrace area. With the beautiful, sunny weather this week, dust control measures are in place to help prevent dirt and dust flying into the air.

The tunnel and pipeline are complete and the project is nearing completion. Over the next few months, additional equipment will be removed from the site, including the office trailers.

In the fall, as we get closer to the rainy season, a seed mixture of native grasses and plants will be added to the upper terrace (also known as the meadow or muck disposal area). More information will be provided this summer.

Thank you again to our neighbors for your continued support and patience during the final stages of the project.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pulgas Water Temple Temporary Closure



The Pulgas Water Temple will be closed for several weeks beginning on Monday, April 25, 2011. The temporary closure enables critical water system work to take place in the entrance and parking lot areas. The temple is anticipated to reopen in June 2011.



The Pulgas Water Temple and the associated facilities around it serve the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System and are components of the Crystal Springs Reservoir System. The Crystal Springs Reservoir System provides supplementary water supply to San Mateo and San Francisco counties, and is the primary emergency water source should delivery from the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct be interrupted.



The work is part of the Water System Improvement Program to repair, replace and seismically upgrade the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System.



Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476, 24 hours a day. For email notification when then Pulgas Water Temple reopens, subscribe to our e-newsletter at www.sfwater.org/SCT .

Thursday, April 21, 2011

VIDEO: Peninsula Projects Launch at Crystal Springs Reservoir

On March 30th the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Bay Area officials launched $320M in seismic and reliability upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System. Peninsula projects include improvements to Lower Crystal Springs Dam, Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant, and Crystal Springs Pipelines. This event also marked the mid-point of this $4.6B Water System Improvement Program with active regional construction totaling $2 billion.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Removal of Construction Materials from North Shaft in San Mateo

With the seismically advanced New Crystal Springs Tunnel and Pipeline in service, the project team is in the process of demobilizing their equipment and materials from the construction sites in San Mateo.

Over the next several weeks, crews will begin removing construction related materials from the North Shaft site located near the intersection of Crystal Springs Road and Polheumus Road in San Mateo. Crews will remove equipment, grade the soil on site, backfill soil, remove fencing and remove the k-rail concrete protective structures along the site of the roadway.

Please drive the posted 10 m.p.h speed limit on Crystal Springs Road and be aware of workers, trucks and equipment in or near the roadway during this demobilization work.

Once they remove the posted 10 m.p.h speed limit signs, the speed limit will return to normal.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Shoulder Work on Polhemus Road in April


For the next few weeks, you may notice "Road Work Ahead" signs along Polhemus Road between the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel 'South Shaft' site (near Bunker Hill Road) and Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo.


The contractor will have a few workers working along the shoulder of Polhemus Road. They will be grouting inclinometer holes in accordance with county and state monitoring well standards.


The New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project is nearing completion and the new tunnel and pipeline are in service.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Town of Millbrae: Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

Water Treatment Plant Upgrades (Millbrae) - Last week of March:
Construction preparation work will be starting for upgrades to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. This plant treats drinking water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System (Upper and Lower Crystal Springs Reservoirs and San Andreas Lake) for delivery to northern San Mateo County and San Francisco.

All work for this project will take place within the SFPUC property.

Residents near the northern end of Sycamore Drive and Crestview Drive in Millbrae may see some ground-clearing as the grounds within the Plant property are prepared for construction trailers. A visual and sound reduction fence will also be placed to maintain privacy for adjacent homeowners.

Questions or concerns:
If there are any questions that arise during this activity, please contact us!

Alison Kastama, SFPUC Communications (415) 554-0712 or akastama@sfwater.org

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Work Begins at San Andreas Lake and Continues at Sawyer Camp Trail


Is the San Andreas Trail one of your regular hiking spots? If so, you may see workers near San Andreas Lake preparing for or beginning construction. San Andreas Trail will remain open for everyone throughout construction.

Water pipeline and structure upgrade projects are beginning in the area. Crews are mobilizing at the Lower Crystal Springs Dam to complete necessary hydraulic improvements to the dam.

Please Be Aware: Parking may become more limited near the Sawyer Camp Trailhead, as construction activity increases. The project team realizes that parking is already difficult at Sawyer Camp Trail, and will make every effort to preserve access. Stay tuned for more details!

Please contact us any time with questions or concerns. 24 hours a day, toll-free:
(866)-973-1476. Visit the project blog for the latest details about the work: http://www.sfwater.org/SCT

Pipeline work on El Camino Real starting in March

Do you drive along El Camino Real? Learn more about an upcoming pipeline project in the area. SFPUC contractor Ranger Pipelines plan to install the first segment of Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 (CSPL2) this May along El Camino Real. A second installation is planned this June in South San Francisco.

To prepare for pipeline installation, limited construction work will begin in late March and continue through April. This minor work will include potholing to locate underground utilities along El Camino Real. Some limited excavation may be required to locate utilities such as cable and telephone lines. In addition, some preparation for the pipeline installation access pits may be completed at this time.

For more details, including project maps, visit: www.sfwater.org/CSPL2.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Video: What's Up with WSIP?

Watch this short video and learn the latest about the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) to rebuild and seismically upgrade the Hetch Hetchy Water System.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Looking for other water system projects in San Mateo County and the Peninsula?



Upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System are happening across San Mateo County. Here are a few of the other project websites you can check in on (and subscribe to for updates!):

www.sfwater.org/sct - For projects around the Crystal Springs Reservoirs near Skyline Blvd. and Highway 92

www.sfwater.org/cspl2 - For the Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 Replacement project occurring along Crystal Springs Rd., El Camino Real, and in portions of South San Francisco, Brisbane and Daly City.

www.sfwater.org/penpl - For the Bay Division Pipeline No. 5 project constructing in Redwood City, Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, and East Palo Alto.

Soon to come on this site: Upgrades to our Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant in San Bruno/Millbrae. Work is anticipated to start within our plant by April 2011. Check back here for updates.

Thanks again and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Peninsula Communications Team

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Golf Balls on Construction Site can be Dangerous

Dear Golf Lovers near South Shaft construction site,

The New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project team has been finding golf balls at the South Shaft construction site off of Polhemus Road in San Mateo. The project team believes the golf balls are coming from nearby homes above the construction site.

While we understand and share a love for golf, the project team would like to remind neighbors that golf balls can pose a significant danger to workers and construction equipment at the construction site.

Fast moving golf balls can strike workers, staff or cause significant damage to construction equipment such as cranes, cars and machinery, which can cause further injury to people.

We respectfully request that who ever is hitting these golf balls toward the construction site to stop immediately.

Thank you,
New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project team

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Update: Demolition of Water Treatment Facility will Continue Next Week off Polhemus Road

Water Treatment “Swimming Pool” to be Removed
The Water Treatment Facility at the South Shaft site, known by neighbors as the “Swimming Pool”, will continue to be demolished next week (week of February 21st)and materials will be hauled off site. Neighbors may experience some noise during demolition.

Demobilization Begins – Please Watch for Trucks
With the tunnel and pipeline complete, the contractor and staff will begin removing equipment and hauling it away. Please watch for additional truck traffic in the area. Please observe posted speed limits and watch for trucks entering the roadway.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Possible Traffic Delays on Polhemus Road during the Week of February 14th

The contractor for the SFPUC's New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline project will be performing trench work the week of February 14th on Polhemus Road near the South Shaft site between Bunker Hill and Crystal Springs in San Mateo.
The work is expected to take less than three days and will require one lane of traffic to be closed temporarily. A flag person will be on site to direct traffic.
The work may cause possible daytime traffic delays on Polhemus Road.
Thank you for your continued support while we upgrade your drinking water system.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Historical Photos of Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel and Pipeline in San Mateo

Did you know the original Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline near Polhemus Road in San Mateo was installed in 1969? We'd love to hear from any neighbors who remember the pipeline work or who lived in the area at the time. Enjoy!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Video: San Mateo Pipeline Project on ABC 7 News

The New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel and Pipeline project was featured on ABC 7 on Friday, February 4th! It is an exclusive look inside the original Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel and includes some interesting historical and current photos of the project. Enjoy and please give us your feedback!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Successful Pipeline Shutdown in San Mateo to be featured on ABC 7 News on February 4th


The recently completed Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline Shutdown will be featured in an exclusive story on ABC 7 News this week. We believe it will air on Friday evening, February 4th. Check local listings for channel information.
ABC 7 reporter Ken Miguel interviewed project staff during the critical pipeline shutdown and walked through the original pipeline after it was drained in January.
If possible, we will post a link to the video story in case you miss it.
We hope you get a chance to watch the story and please share your comments with us!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Conduit Work on Polhemus Road - Possible Traffic Delays in late January/early February

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is nearing completion on the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline near Polhemus Road in San Mateo. We expect to be substantially finished with construction by Spring 2011 with full project completion by Fall 2011.

Pipeline Shutdown Finishes Ahead of Schedule!!
Great news! The critical shutdown of the Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline and connection of the new, seismically upgraded pipeline are complete ahead of schedule! THANK YOU to neighbors for your support during the three 24 hour work days/nights at the South Shaft site.

Conduit Work on Polhemus Rd - Possible Traffic Delays
Neighbors may experience some minor traffic delays on Polhemus Road between Bunker Hill and Crystal Springs Road beginning as early as the week of January 31st due to conduit work in the roadway. As required, traffic will be reduced to one-lane and a flag person will be on site to direct traffic.

Demobilization Begins – Please Watch for Trucks
With the tunnel and pipeline complete, the contractor and staff will begin removing equipment and hauling it away. Please watch for additional truck traffic in the area. Please observe posted speed limits and watch for trucks entering the roadway.

Water Treatment “Swimming Pool” to be Removed
The Water Treatment Facility at the South Shaft site, known by neighbors as the “Swimming Pool”, will be demolished starting in late January/early February and materials will be hauled off site.

Crews will continue to use dust control measures to control dust.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pipeline Connection Work in San Mateo Nearing Completion Ahead of Schedule


The New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel & Pipeline team are making excellent progress on the critical pipeline connection work near Polhemus Road in San Mateo.

If all goes well, they hope to complete the work ahead of schedule this week. We originally anticipated up to three weeks of work but our skilled crews and excellent team worked quickly and efficiently.

Neighbors, thank you again for your continued support and patience.

A reporter from a Bay Area news channel is working on an exclusive story about this shutdown project! Watch this blog for more info, channel and air dates! We will also post a link to the story on this blog.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Take Back the Tap: The Peninsula’s tap water is some of the purest in the world.

Here is a great article by Alexis Petru of the Foster City Patch. It has been posted with permission of Alexis.

Every spring, snowpack in the central Sierra Nevada mountain range melts and feeds the Tuolumne River. A portion of the river’s water is diverted and stored in Yosemite National Park‘s Hetch Hetchy Valley, which became a reservoir when the O’Shaughnessy Dam was built and flooded the valley in the early 1900s. Carried by gravity, the water travels 160 miles down to the Bay Area and into the homes of people like you and me who live on the San Francisco Peninsula.

The water from the Tuolumne River is “some of the purest, safest and best-tasting water in the world,” says the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which operates the Hetch Hetchy water system. The SFPUC tests water throughout their system nearly 90,000 times a year and reports that their water consistently meets or exceeds all federal and state standards for drinking water.

Nearly every resident of San Mateo County receives their water through the SFPUC’s water system. Ninety-three percent of this water supply comes from the Tuolumne River, stored at the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and locally, along with rainwater, in the San Andreas, Crystal Springs and Pilarcitos reservoirs. The rest of the water supply comes from a variety of local sources—5 percent from groundwater and fewer than 2 percent from recycled water and locally operated reservoirs such as Bear Gulch.

Store-bought bottled water just can’t compete with the Peninsula’s excellent-quality tap water.

The National Resources Defense Council carried out a four-year study of bottled water and found that bottled water is not necessarily safer or cleaner than water from the tap. In fact, the environmental action group discovered that 25 percent of bottled water is just tap water in a bottle. After testing 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of bottled water, the group found that about 22 percent of the tested brands contained, in at least one sample, chemicals or bacteria in amounts above state health standards.

Bottled water also takes a heavy toll on the environment. Plastic bottles are made from oil, and the amount of oil and energy used to produce the plastic water bottles consumed annually in the U.S. would fuel a million cars for one year, according to Food and Water Watch. By contrast, the energy used to transport tap water from Hetch Hetchy to your home is minimal, as gravity moves water through the system. Because the water is so pure to begin with, there is also little energy expended to treat the water.

Bottled water creates 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year, according to the National Resources Defense Council. While recycling your old water bottle is certainly environmentally preferable to tossing it in the garbage, it still takes energy and resources to re-manufacture the water bottle into a new product. Purchasing a reusable bottle and re-filling it with tap water eliminates the need for all those plastic bottles. Remember, it’s always better to reduce and reuse before you recycle.

And need I mention the financial cost of bottled water? Bottled water is expensive, and you’re already paying your city or water provider for high-quality tap water.

If you still feel squeamish about drinking water directly from the tap, use a water filter to further improve the water’s taste and quality.

There is a time and a place for bottled water—in your home’s emergency kit or when traveling in a place with a questionable water supply. But the Peninsula’s water supply is truly exceptional—pristine water from the Sierra Nevada snowpack. Choosing our tap water over bottled water also has a lighter impact on the environment. So grab your reusable water bottle, and get ready to take back the tap.

Alexis Petru is a San Bruno resident who coordinates environmental programs for San Mateo County. Her column appears biweekly on Fridays.

http://fostercity.patch.com/articles/take-back-the-tap-2

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Neighbors near Polhemus Road: Thank You for Your Support

The New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel and Pipeline team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our neighbors near Polhemus Road in San Mateo for your continued support during this important water pipeline connection work.

With 24 hour work taking place near your homes, we realize you may be experiencing some noise and bright lights at night.

The crews and project team are making excellent progress and hope to complete the connection work earlier than anticipated. We have an excellent, highly skilled team of people working hard to finish these critical activities quickly and efficiently.

THANK YOU again for your continued support and patience.



Have you ever seen water pipes so large you can walk through them? Here is a recent photo, taken this week at the South Shaft site off of Polhemus Road, of the crews preparing to connect the pipes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pipeline Shutdown Work in San Mateo Making Excellent Progress


Staff and work crews at the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel site in San Mateo are making excellent progress in the first days of the important pipeline work to connect the New Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline to our larger water system.

Here is a photo taken on Monday, January 17th of a worker accessing the pipeline.

Work will take place at the South Shaft site near Polhemus Road 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for approximately 3 weeks to complete this critical work as quickly as possible.

Neighbors may experience some noise from the crane and equipment.

We do not anticipate any interruption to your water service. This important work is necessary to connect pipelines for your water supply.

Questions or concerns: Please contact us toll-free, 24 hour, 7 days per week for information, questions or comments about the project: 866-973-1476.
Or call SFPUC Communications: 650-212-0165 (weekdays) Email: newcstunnel@sfwater.org, website: www.sfwater.org/wsip.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pipeline Shutdown Work Begins This Weekend near Polhemus Road in San Mateo

Starting on or around Monday, January 17th, 2011, the contractor will perform critical work to connect the New Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline to our larger water system. These important pipeline connection activities at the South Shaft site near Polhemus Road will require crews to work up to 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for approximately 3 weeks to complete this critical work as quickly as possible. Neighbors may experience some noise from the crane and equipment.

Tunnel ventilation equipment, including an air compressor, will be in use at the South Shaft during the day on Sunday, January 16th. A small crew will be on site most of the day on Sunday.

Additional environmental training focused on minimizing noise, especially at nighttime, was conducted for all workers on site.

We do not anticipate any interruption to your water service. This important work is necessary to connect pipelines for your water supply.

Questions or Concerns: Please contact us toll-free, 24 hour, 7 days per week for information, questions or comments about the project: 866-973-1476.
Or SFPUC Communications: 650-212-0165 (weekdays) Email: newcstunnel@sfwater.org, website: www.sfwater.org/wsip.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pipeline Activity Starting This Week near Polhemus Road in San Mateo

Happy New Year!

Neighbors near the New Crystal Springs Bypass Tunnel project located on Polhemus Road in San Mateo may start to notice additional activity at the North and South Shaft sites starting this week.

Several workers from the SFPUC/SF Water Department's Water Supply & Treatment Division will be performing 24-hour pipeline de-watering and treatment work at both the North and South Shaft sites starting today through the 9th. Downward-facing lights will be in use at night.

Neighbors may see SFPUC/SF Water Department trucks and cars on site and at various locations along Polhemus Road and Crystal Springs Road.
Be sure to wave 'hello' if you are a neighbor!

Please remember to follow the posted 10 MPH speed limit at our North Shaft site located on Crystal Springs Road near Polhemus. Safety is important and the workers, cyclists and pedestrians really appreciate you driving slowly and safely in the posted speed limit zone.
Watch this blog for updates as the pipeline connection work progresses!