Olivenhain Municipal Water District begins replacing aging infrastructure

Olivenhain Municipal Water District begins replacing aging infrastructure

Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) has begun construction replacing aging water infrastructure near the intersection of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Encinitas Boulevard.

The Manchester Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Project will replace and relocate:

  • Approximately 1,900 linear feet of 12-inch pipeline in Manchester Avenue from Colony Terrace north to Encinitas Boulevard
  • Approximately 450 linear feet of 12-inch pipeline in Encinitas Boulevard west of Rancho Santa Fe Road
  • Approximately 500 linear feet of 12-inch pipeline in Rancho Santa Fe Road north of Encinitas Boulevard
  • Approximately 850 linear feet of 8-inch pipeline in South Rancho Santa Fe Road

The pipelines that OMWD is replacing were originally installed in 1961 and have reached the end of their useful life. Replacing aging pipes can prevent disruptive and costly main breaks.

“Water main breaks can waste millions of gallons of treated water while requiring costly emergency repairs,” said OMWD Board Secretary Bob Topolovac. “That is why this project is critical in ensuring safe and reliable water delivery to our customers.”

The district says the project will be completed by the end of the year.

The other major portion of the Manchester Pipeline Projects will expand recycled water service to the corridor along Manchester Avenue and South El Camino Real, which is expected to begin in late 2021.

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