The $356 million new North City Pure Water Facility and North City Pure Water Pump Station projects are part of the first phase of the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Program, designed to produce high-quality purified water for San Diegans while reducing their dependence on imported water. Ongoing drought conditions have made wastewater treatment a hot market in the construction industry, and Shimmick has quickly established itself as a leader in this project type.
San Diego’s newest water facility and pump station will be located across the street from the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant, which currently produces reclaimed and recycled water. In the future, that plant will provide its recycled water to these new facilities for purification. At full capacity, the facilities are expected to produce roughly 32 million gallons of potable water every day. As Project Engineer Tyler Marriott points out, “This project will go a long way to helping the City of San Diego deal with droughts and shortage of water.”
Structural work is currently a central focus on the job site. Shimmick recently constructed the lower level in the Area 111 Ozone Structure and is preparing to build the intermediate level which incorporates all related mechanical, electrical, and structural work. Additionally, the Area 120 Bacteria Activated Carbon (BAC) building and Area 130 RO and MF Feed Tank foundation slabs are complete and the lower level walls are underway. The Area 130 process building and valve trench have significant mechanical work ongoing, including large diameter welded steel and HPDE pipe, with pump can installation beginning within the next couple of weeks. Miscellaneous storm drainage is going in around the site, as well as several utility relocations in the road which transition to the site.
Seven months into the project, the team is confident pre-planning efforts and good internal communication as a collective unit between the disciplines (mechanical, electrical, civil, and structural) will keep everything on the right track.