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Placer County Water begins environmental phase for new pipeline

Last week the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors approved the initiation of the environmental phase to construct a new 1.5-mile-long treated water pipeline which would bring treated drinking water to the Duncan Hill Community west of Auburn.

The new 12-inch diameter pipeline will connect two existing pipelines and consolidate the Auburn/Bowman water system to the Foothill water system. This will eliminate two dead-end pipelines, improving water quality throughout both systems.

The project is estimated to cost $10.6 million and is included in PCWA’s County-Wide Master Plan, adopted in February 2022.

“This important project creates a valuable link in our pipeline network where none currently exists and will provide benefits to all our customers by making our water system more resilient,” said PCWA board Chairman Robert Dugan. “In addition, we’re pleased to offer access to high-quality treated water service to a number of families in the Duncan Hill area who have not had access to it before.”

Construction is expected to start in Spring 2025 and be completed by Spring 2026.

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