News Release

Posted on: February 5, 2016

MMWD to Replace Pipeline in the Town of Ross to Improve Fire Flow and Seismic Reliability

Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) will replace just over a mile of 110-year-old galvanized pipe in the Town of Ross with new welded steel and PVC pipeline in order to increase fire flow and seismic reliability throughout the area. Construction is scheduled to begin in late-February and last through June.

The original pipe was installed in 1906 by the Marin Water & Power Company, a private water provider that was taken over by MMWD when the district was created in 1912. The worn and dated pipeline that supplies water to the Town of Ross and unincorporated areas from the Ross Reservoir has been the site of numerous leaks, making it a good candidate for replacement. This project is being coordinated with the Town of Ross to be completed prior to an upcoming overlay project on Redwood Drive and Brookwood Lane; an example of MMWD’s commitment to coordinate infrastructure projects with other local government agencies for the highest benefit and least public impact.

The lowest responsible bid for the project was submitted by D&D Pipelines, Inc. in the amount of $868,023. Streets impacted by this project include: Norwood Avenue, Bridge Road, Redwood Drive, and Brookwood Lane. Both the contractor and MMWD will make every effort to minimize traffic disruptions during construction.

This project aligns with MMWD’s five-year strategic plan to improve water supply resiliency and maintain facilities and equipment sufficiently. The Ross Pipeline Replacement Project is funded by the Fire Flow Improvement Program. Funding for the district’s Fire Flow Improvement Program is provided by a $75 annual parcel fee. From 1997 through June 30, 2014 the fee has supported the investment of more than $86 million in fire flow and seismic-related improvements and the replacement of more than 76 miles of pipe throughout the district’s 147-square-mile service area.

Customers with questions about the project can contact Jeff Ohmart with MMWD’s Engineering Division at 415-945-1574.

MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 187,500 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 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. The annual operating budget for the district for fiscal year 2015-16 is $66.8 million.

Media Contact: Emma Detwiler
Phone: (415) 945-1592

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