Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!

This holiday season, we celebrate the halfway point of the improvements projects at Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant and the completion of pile driving. With your cooperation, we are proud to continue bringing you high quality, delicious Hetch Hetchy water.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Less Evening/Weekend Work at Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant

The construction team concluded its shutdown 5 days early and thus the demanding work hours to complete certain tasks under this deadline has relaxed.  The Plant has resumed regular water treatment plant operations as well as regular deliveries to the plant.

While daytime construction work will continue on our improvements projects, evening work has decreased. Weekend work will be reserved mostly for maintenance which is not expected to be disruptive.

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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Winter Storm Season is Well Underway

By their nature, storms can cause damage in construction zones. Our management teams carefully plan for rain events and focus on safety needs for inclement weather. We take measures to protect work areas, and after rains we check for any necessary fixes.

As noted earlier, we are in the midst of a temporary "shut down" in regular plant operations at Harry Tracy. Night work, between 5:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., is taking place periodically through Monday, December 10th.

The plant is scheduled to be back in service by mid-December and must be capable of drawing water from the Crystal Springs system following heavy rainstorms this winter. We assure you, noise and vibration monitoring will take place during the evening shift although we do not anticipate disruptive activities.  

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

Friday, November 9, 2012

Night Work Underway at Harry Tracy

As noted earlier, during this shutdown period our contractor may need to work double shifts. Now through November 21, the contractor will work evening shifts between 5:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., seven days a week.  We assure you, noise and vibration monitoring will take place during the evening shift although we do not anticipate disruptive activities.  

Night work is anticipated periodically through Monday, December 10th, during this temporary "shut down" in plant operations. Crews are now preparing tunnels and transmission lines for upcoming concrete pours.  The plant is scheduled to be back in service by mid-December and must be capable of drawing water from the Crystal Springs system following heavy rainstorms this winter.

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

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Harry Tracy Night Work Starts November 7

Our contractor at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant will work evening shifts beginning on Wednesday, November 7 through Wednesday, November 21. This additional shift starts at 5:00 p.m. and will end by 2:30 a.m., weekdays only (Monday to Friday). Noise and vibration monitoring will take place during the evening shift to ensure compliance with legal limits.

Night work is anticipated periodically through Monday, December 10th, as the construction team takes advantage of a temporary "shut down" in plant operations. Crews will be preparing tunnels and transmission lines for upcoming concrete pours.

The Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant is typically online during construction in order to draw raw water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System and treat water for our wholesale customers. However, plant operations are occasionally shut down for designated short periods to allow for construction activities.  Double shifts or 24-hour work are often required during these shut downs. The plant is scheduled to be back in service by mid-December and will be capable of drawing water from the Crystal Springs system following the winter rains.

Please call us at (866) 973-1476 if you have any questions or concerns.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pile Driving 100% Complete!

We are pleased to report that the pile driving at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant is finished. There will be no additional pile driving for this project.

The completed pile driving marks a significant milestone in the construction of the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. The new reservoir will allow us to store treated water in a more seismically stable location within the plant.

Concrete pours for the new foundation will continue, with increased truck traffic on Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno. Pilot cars will escort trucks at all times.

Thank you to our Millbrae and San Bruno neighbors for bearing with us during these last three months of pile driving. Please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns about the Harry Tracy construction.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pile Driving Update: Rain Delay

Pile driving was suspended at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant today due to rain. Necessary materials could not be delivered to the plant during the morning storm.

Approximately 20 piles remain to be driven (out of more than 800 since early August). Weather permitting, pile driving will resume on Tuesday, October 23rd. Pile driving can take place during light showers, but not heavier rain. Rain is also forecast for Wednesday. However, with the small pile count remaining, we still expect pile driving to be completed this week.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Harry Tracy Pile Driving – Almost There!

We are certain you would like us to report that the pile driving for the new Treated Water Reservoir foundation is complete.   However, approximately 50 piles remain out of more than 800 driven since early August.

The crews have encountered a soft section of earth that requires long piles. These piles are driven in easily and are subsequently “split.”   The splitting is a quieter activity that uses the same machinery.   This intermittent pile driving may continue through the middle of next week as we wrap up the final pile driving for the project.

Please subscribe (see right) to track our progress and receive automatic email updates. We will update this site every few days until the pile driving is 100% complete.

Pile driving hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays only. No outdoor night work is currently scheduled.   

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


Friday, October 12, 2012

Harry Tracy Update: Only 80 Piles Left!

Pile driving for the new Treated Water Reservoir is nearing completion, with approximately 80 piles left to be driven out of more than 800 since early August. The pile driving is scheduled to wrap up by the end of next week.

You may notice the pile driving more intermittently, as the crew works on a section of bedrock that requires the piles to be “split.” The splitting is a quieter activity that uses the same equipment that drives the piles into the ground.

Concrete pours for the new foundation will also continue throughout October, approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Pilot cars will escort the trucks along Crystal Springs Road at all times.

Night work is not anticipated during the week of October 15th, but may occur during this shutdown period that extends into December.   Please subscribe to this site (see box at right) to receive automatic email updates with details and work hours for any night work that may be necessary.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012



Be Prepared!

The 23rd anniversary of the freeway-flattening Loma Prieta earthquake is coming up on October 17th. In the event of a similar emergency, will you be prepared? Will you have enough drinking water?

Make This October Emergency Preparedness Month!
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which provides high-quality drinking water to 2.6 million residents and businesses across four Bay Area counties. The SFPUC is making the investment to seismically upgrade regional water facilities, tunnels, and pipelines. However, it is important for you to remember that smaller pipelines leading to your home might be damaged in an earthquake. As a result, water from your tap may be unavailable for up to 72 hours or longer.

To prepare for an emergency:

Keep a 3-day water supply just in case!
• Each family member needs 1 gallon per day
• Store tap water in food-grade plastic containers; replace every 6 months
• Store bottled water in the original sealed containers; replace according to expiration date.


 

If your supply runs out, you can treat your water!
• Boil it for 3 minutes, or disinfect it by adding regular household bleach
• Add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water
• Shake or stir then let it stand for 30 minutes


For more tips, view our emergency preparedness videos and website: http://www.sfwater.org/beprepared or follow @WSIPInTheNews.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pile Driving 90% Complete

As of October 5th, 90% of the piles have been driven for the new Treated Water Reservoir. We expect approximately 7 additional days of pile driving, weekdays only.

Pile driving is currently scheduled to finish on October 16th. Any delay past this date would involve a short break in pile driving for the delivery of materials. Please subscribe to this blog to track our progress. (Enter your email into the box on the right-hand side of this page. You will receive a confirmation link via email. Click on the confirmation link to finalize your subscription. You can easily unsubscribe at any time).

This site will also have weekly updates about night work and other work activities during the plant operations shutdown from October 15th to December 10th. Water service to your home will not be impacted.

Please call us at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns about the Harry Tracy project.

Pile driving nears completion for the Harry Tracy project.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant Update – Week of October 1st

October 1 - 12, the contractor will be working on an electrical vault near Crystal Springs Road from approximately 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays only) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. If you live on Crystal Springs Road, you may be able to hear this work. Please call us at (866) 973-1476 or email peninsula@sfwater.org if you have any questions or problems.

Pile driving is now more than 80% complete and is now expected to be complete by October 16. Please subscribe to this blog (by entering your email on the right-hand side of this page) to receive automatic email updates about the progress. The piles are to anchor the foundation of the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. This is the final phase of pile driving for the Harry Tracy project.







All trucks use the wheel washer before exiting the plant to minimize dirt tracked onto Crystal Springs Road.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Update: Construction Work at Harry Tracy

Due to a vendor’s equipment malfunction, the cell-crete pour work this week at Harry Tracy must be extended through tomorrow night (Friday, September 21). Crews will work until 10 p.m. both September 20th and 21st (Thursday and Friday). Noise monitoring will take place to ensure sound levels comply with local laws.

This work is part of the seismic improvements to the transmission system that moves water from San Andreas Lake for treatment at the Harry Tracy plant. The project team is operating under a critical deadline to ensure the reservoir maintains its drawdown capability during the rainy season.

Please call us if you have any questions about the Crystal Springs Reservoir System at (866) 973-1476. We also encourage you to call or post a message on this site if you have any concerns about the night work.

Harry Tracy treats raw water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System.





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Monday, September 17, 2012

Construction Work at Harry Tracy: Week of September 17th

The Crystal Springs/San Andreas Transmission System Upgrade project team will be pouring concrete at the Harry Tracy plant September 17 through 19 (Monday to Wednesday) from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Truck traffic on Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno is expected during those hours, with flaggers and pilot cars directing the concrete deliveries.

A special type of concrete --called cell-crete, an aerated and foam-like concrete-- will be used for this work. The machinery may be louder than the typical concrete pours that have taken place at the plant this year. Noise monitors will be present to ensure compliance.

The Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant treats water from nearby San Andreas Lake before that water is distributed to our wholesale customers. The evening concrete pours at the plant this week are part of the ongoing seismic improvements to this critical transmission system.
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Pile driving is proceeding on schedule and is expected to wrap up by early October. This is the final phase of pile driving for the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. Pile driving hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday only. Please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 973-1476 with any concerns about this work.

 September 15, 2012

Crews have made tremendous progress on the reservoir foundation and are on schedule for an early October completion of pile driving.

August 22, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant

·         San Bruno Update

Construction work is scheduled on a critical water valve near Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno from September 10th to 14th (Monday to Friday). Work may be required outside normal work hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., including an anticipated 6 a.m. start on Tuesday, September 11th. The longer than usual shift is necessary because of a newly discovered faulty valve. Replacing this valve requires a temporary operational shutdown and work must be completed within the five days scheduled to meet system demands. Water service to your home will not be interrupted.

Concrete pours will continue every few days in September, with increased truck traffic on Crystal Springs Road. We expect about six trucks per hour, beginning at 7 a.m. and decreasing in volume as the day progresses.

·         Pile Driving for new Treated Water Reservoir

Pile driving is currently scheduled to wrap up by October 3rd. Please subscribe (see right) to receive automatic email updates about any schedule change. The pile driving for the new reservoir is necessary to anchor the facility sufficiently given its close proximity to the San Andreas Fault. We have undertaken this project to seismically reinforce the plant and ensure that our Hetch Hetchy regional water system can deliver drinking water and fire fighting supply following a major earthquake.

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



Friday, August 31, 2012

Harry Tracy Construction Update

·         We extend our apologies for any disruption caused by the unplanned evening work performed on Thursday night, August 30. A safety concern with a pipe required a crew to continue operating equipment to resolve the issue until shortly before 10 p.m.  

·         The final phase of pile driving for the new 11 million gallon treated water reservoir began in early August and is expected to continue until late September or early October.  Please subscribe to this site (see right) for updates on our progress. The new reservoir will allow us to provide up to 140 million gallons of water per day, for 60 days, within 24 hours of a major earthquake. Due to the proximity of the San Andreas Fault, the piles are necessary to anchor the foundation into bedrock. Pile driving hours are approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays only.

     




      Noise monitoring (equipment shown left) was performed daily during August pile driving. Supplemental noise and vibration monitoring will continue to ensure levels comply with local laws.









·         Concrete pours for the new tunnels that feed the reservoir will resume on Wednesday, September 5. The concrete pours will be spaced every few days, allowing one area to dry before beginning another. Trucks will operate between 7:00 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the majority of the truck traffic expected early in the day. All trucks go through the wheel washer before leaving the plant to prevent tracking dirt onto Crystal Springs Road. Pilot cars will continue to escort trucks along the road to restrict speed and ensure safety.

New Treated Water Reservoir under construction as of August 22, 2012. Piles (metal beams pictured) are driven up to 40 feet into the ground to ensure seismic reliability of the new foundation.



Friday, August 3, 2012

Final Phase of Pile Driving at Harry Tracy

Pile driving at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant (located off Highway 280 near San Bruno and Millbrae) is expected to begin on August 7th and continue for approximately 6 to 8 weeks. This will be the final phase of pile driving for the new 11 million gallon treated water reservoir.  The new reservoir will allow us to provide up to 140 million gallons of water per day, for 60 days, within 24 hours of a major earthquake.

The Harry Tracy plant is also expanding water filtration capacity as part of the ongoing construction. Beginning next week and continuing for 3 weeks, trucks will off-haul excavated soil from the site of the new filters. All trucks go through the wheel washer before leaving the plant to prevent tracking dirt onto Crystal Springs Road, and truckloads are securely covered. In addition, soil is tested before the off-haul to ensure there are no contaminants present. Truck hauling will operate between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pilot cars will continue to escort trucks along the road to restrict speed and ensure safety.

Please call us with any questions or concerns about the upgrades and seismic improvements underway at the plant at (866) 973-1476.


·         Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for construction on Monday and Tuesday, August 6th and 7th. For more information about trail access and construction in the Peninsula Watershed, please visit www.sfwater.org/SCT.

·         For information about the 5-Day Road Closure of Crystal Springs Road near Sawyer Camp Trail in Hillsborough, including a detour map, please visit www.sfwater.org/SCT.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Early Morning Concrete Pour at Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant: July 26

The Harry Tracy project contractor will be pouring concrete on Thursday, July 26th beginning at 7 a.m.

Expect frequent concrete truck deliveries on Crystal Springs Road between 7 a.m. and noon. A total of 65 trips are anticipated through 6 p.m. A similar one-day pour is expected on Friday, August 3rd.

The work is part of the seismic improvement of this regional water treatment plant, which serves over 1 million customers in northern San Mateo and San Francisco counties.  Post a comment here or call us 24 hours a day at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Sawyer Camp Trail 2-Day Closure – July 25 & 26

Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for two days on Wednesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 26th for construction . The entire trail will be closed and will reopen at 6 a.m. on Friday, July 27th.

Additionally, Sawyer Camp Trail will close on the morning of Sunday, August 5 for the annual Tour de Peninsula bike ride. The event raises money for the San Mateo County Parks system and originates at Coyote Point Park in Burlingame (near SFO). For more information about the ride, please visit: www.supportparks.org/tdp.

Crystal Springs Road between Polhemus and Skyline has reopened, but construction and periodic lane closures continue. Flaggers are present to direct cars and bicycles through one open lane during construction hours, Monday to Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Crystal Springs Road between Polhemus and El Cerrito in Hillsborough will close to all traffic from Monday, July 30th to Friday, August 3rd. Please click on the FACT SHEET for more information about this upcoming 5-day road closure: http://tinyurl.com/6wyqjpk.

Please do not hesitate to call our 24-hour phone number at (866) 973-1476 with any questions.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant – July 19 Concrete Pour

The Harry Tracy project contractor will be pouring concrete on Thursday, July 19th beginning at 7 a.m.

Expect frequent concrete truck deliveries on Crystal Springs Road between 7 a.m. and noon. A total of 65 trips are anticipated through 6 p.m. A similar one-day pour is expected next week.

The work is part of the seismic improvement of the plant, which serves over 1 million customers in northern San Mateo and San Francisco counties.  Post a comment here or call us 24 hours a day (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns!


Friday, June 1, 2012

18-Day Road Closure: Crystal Springs Road between Polhemus and Skyline/Hwy 35

Crystal Springs Road between Polhemus and Skyline/Hwy 35, in unincorporated San Mateo County just south of the Town of Hillsborough, will be closed be for 18 consecutive days from Monday, June 11th to Friday, June 29th . The road closure is necessary to replace a regional water pipeline as part of the Crystal Springs Pipeline No. 2 project.  

The closure will be in effect for cars and other vehicles 24 hours a day, Monday through Sunday, from June 11 to June 29. Bicycles only will have through access on Sundays to Sawyer Camp Trail. The road will be closed for cyclists Monday to Saturday – including Saturdays June 16th and 23rd.

For updates, please subscribe (see right) or Follow us on Twitter: @sawyercamptrail.  

During the closure, cars will be detoured onto Hwy 280. Bicycles will be detoured to Hillsborough city streets.  (Click on map to enlarge)

Bicycle Detour
From Hwy 35:
· Take Hayne Road under 280
· Turn Right on Black Mountain
· Continue on Black Mountain
· Turn Right on W. Santa Inez
· Continue on Brentwood
· Turn Right on El Cerrito
· Turn Right on Crystal Springs

From Polhemus Road:
· Take Crystal Springs Road (North)
· Turn Left on El Cerrito
· Turn Left on Hayne Road, continue under 280

Motorist Detour Information
From 280:
· Use 280 South to Bunker Hill
· Exit Bunker Hill, continue East to Polhemus Road
· Turn left on Polhemus Road

From Polhemus Road:
· Go South on Polhemus Road
· Turn right (East) on Bunker Hill
· Take 280 North to Hayne/Black Mountain Exit

 

Look How Far the Water System Improvement Program Has Come

The Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) is $4.6-billion of infrastructure upgrades, including more than 80 projects located in six Bay Area counties to ensure the highest quality drinking water and a reliable water supply to customers following an earthquake. These seismic improvements include dams, tunnels, pipelines, treatment plants and many more facilities that serve 2.6 million Bay Area customers. 2011 marked the start of the WSIP’s most active construction year to date. As of March 31, 2012, 55 out of 81 local and regional projects have been completed. All WSIP projects are forecasted to be complete in 2016. To view our progress and learn more about our water system, check out our video of water system improvements in your area here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qwqUcPIOyM&feature=youtu.be