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Posted on: March 30, 2018

MMWD to Install Pipelines to Improve Fire Flow in San Rafael

MMWD will install new pipelines in various streets including Knoll Way, Oak View Drive and Ranch Road in the San Rafael community of Los Ranchitos. The new water pipelines are part of our Fire Flow Improvement Program, which is an ongoing multi-year voter-approved project to upgrade portions of the distribution system to provide greater water flows for use by firefighters in the event of a fire. This includes greater flow volumes at existing fire hydrants, as well as the installation of new fire hydrants at locations requested by your fire department.


MMWD and the contractor, W.R. Forde Associates, will take all measures possible to minimize inconveniences associated with this project, including noise and traffic delays.
For questions, contact the MMWD Construction Management Group at 415-945-1560.


About the Fire Flow Program

MMWD will be installing a larger pipe in your neighborhood to increase the water volume available for fighting fires as part of Marin's Fire Flow Program. This program was developed cooperatively by fire chiefs, county and city officials, concerned citizens and MMWD representatives. According to local fire chiefs, water availability for firefighting is one of Marin's primary public safety issues. Fire flow improvement projects will continue for the next 14 years.


About MMWD
MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 189,900 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,600 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water.

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