San Juan Water District celebrates anniversary of secondary pipeline

New pipeline improves water supply reliability, officials say
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Until a year ago, one pipeline served as the single source of raw water for the San Juan Water District, making it difficult to plan for or deal with outages. The water utility recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of a secondary raw-water supply channel created to improve water supply reliability for more than a quarter million customers, according to a news release. The $8 million pipeline project is the product of a collaborative effort among the San Juan Water District, City of Roseville, City of Folsom and Bureau of Reclamation to better serve customers in Roseville, Granite Bay, Orangevale, Fair Oaks, Citrus Heights and Folsom, north of the American River. The project involved the installation of three-quarters of a mile of raw-water pipeline and a 121-foot-tall surge tower to absorb sudden rises of pressure. The new pipeline also provides easier access for repairs and maintenance on the older 84-inch pipeline that has been in service for more than 50 years. The project took nearly a decade to get off the ground, said San Juan Water District General Manager Shauna Lorance. ~ Sena Christian