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Water Resource Recovery Facility Moves Forward

Post Date:07/24/2019

On Tuesday, July 16, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved the construction bid to move forward with the completion of the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF). The project represents the largest capital investment in the history of San Luis Obispo. 

PCL Construction, Inc. was chosen as the main contractor, and will utilize local subcontractors for a significant portion of the work. Previously, the City entered into a Community Workforce Agreement with the local building trades to encourage participation in the project by local construction craft workers. Electrical work will be performed by Smith Electric Service from Santa Maria, miscellaneous site work and demolition will be performed by Papich Construction from Arroyo Grande, and paving will be performed by Apodaca Paving from Grover Beach. 

The plant was originally constructed in 1923 and upgraded or expanded in 1942, 1962, 1980, and 1994, and in 2006 the water reuse facilities were added. The current project upgrades integrate the latest in advanced treatment technology — improving overall operations, reducing the need for chemicals in the treatment process, optimizing energy use, and reducing odor and noise impacts to neighbors. As a result of this upgrade at the WRRF, San Luis Obispo Creek will be healthier, and the City will have greater water reliability and flexibility in meeting the needs of our businesses and growing community. The City successfully secured low interest loans from the State and grants to offset the cost of construction.

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