Citrus Heights Water District Projects
Maintaining Infrastructure to Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow
Capital improvement projects help CHWD maintain its infrastructure and keep it up to date, increase needed capacity, and continue to provide great service to its customers. Following is a list of current and recently completed CHWD projects. For more information on CHWD capital improvement projects, contact the District Office at (916) 725-6873.
|Project||Completion/ Due Date|
|Madison Ave at Dewey Dr Water Main Project||Winter 2022|
|Walnut Drive Water Main Replacement||Fall 2022|
|Mesa Verde HS and Carriage Drive Water Main Project||Completed Fall 2022|
|Pratt Ave Transmission Main Project||Completed Spring 2022|
|Fair Oaks Boulevard Water Main Installation||Completed Winter 2021|
|Antelope Rd at Rusch Park Water Main Project||Completed Winter 2021|
|Langley Avenue & Chance Drive Water Main Installation||Completed Fall 2021|
|Wisconsin Drive Water Main Replacement Design||Completed Summer 2021|
Highland Ave Well Project
The Highland Ave Well Project consists of the construction and operation of a municipal water supply well and pump station within the service area of CHWD. The proposed Highland Ave Well is intended to provide CHWD with additional water resources for typical municipal and industrial uses. Some expected benefits of the project include:
- Enhancing the reliability and redundancy of water supplies that are available to serve the CHWD’s customers.
- Serving as a source of water supply in the event of a water infrastructure or water supply emergency.
- Serving as a source of water supply to help meet CHWD’s maximum daily and peak hour water supply needs.
- Providing price stability in anticipation of projected price increases for water purchases.
- Providing additional resources for fire flow requirements.
CHWD recently completed the environmental review process for the Highland Ave Well Project. The Notice of Determination (NOD) was issued on April 15, 2020. Relevant Highland Ave Well Project Environmental Documents are linked below:
In 1998, the District developed a 30-year (1999-2030) Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Over the past 20 years, this Plan has been a key planning tool for the District in determining annual capital improvement projects. This CIP plan has been used over the years by the District to develop its annual Capital Improvement projects list. As the above Plan is nearing the end of its term, the District is focusing on the water main component of the Plan to prepare a new Study that will: 1) build-off of the current Plan; 2) focus on the water main portion of the District’s overall CIP program.
While this Study is focused on developing an infrastructure and funding strategy for the replacement of water mains, an evaluation of alternatives will have to consider the larger capital improvement program requirements of the District (e.g. well development, meter replacement, other system infrastructure improvements, human resources (staffing), etc.).
The majority of urban development within the District’s service territory occurred between the period of 1960-1985. Water mains were installed by private developers and inspected by District staff. These water mains became donated assets to the District, and it became CHWD’s responsibility to operate, maintain, and plan for the replacement of these facilities. As the District looks ahead, a tidal wave of water main replacements may be needed beginning in year 2030 and carrying several years forward, as the water mains installed in the 1960’s reach 70 years old. Therefore, CHWD has entitled this water main replacement study, “Project 2030.”
Key elements of this Study include: 1) Asset Inventory and Project Polygon Development, 2) Future Water Demand Projections, 3) Water Main Assessment, 4) Water Main Replacement Phasing Options and Preferred Option, 5) Project Cost Estimates, 6) Funding Strategy, including Water Rate Options and Debt Service Options and 7) Implementation Plan.
To ensure that the alternatives considered address the needs and input from the communities we serve, CHWD formed a Customer Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee worked with a technical team to consider the water main replacement options while analyzing key financial and technical issues that promote equity of funding between today's and future CHWD customers. The CAC presented its recommendation to the CHWD Board of Directors on June 8, 2021. The Board approved the CAC's recommendation and developed a plan to fund work through 2080.
Meter Replacement Program
In 1992, the State of California required all new water connections to be metered. In 1995 CHWD’s wholesale water supplier, San Juan Water District (SJWD), renewed its contract with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) to receive USBR contract water. The Federal contract contained a requirement for all water connections using USBR contract water be metered by 2025. In 1997, CHWD began a Voluntary Residential Metering Program for all customer connections. Through this program and other installation projects, the District became fully metered in December 2006 and began metered billing in January 2008.
CHWD anticipates that the new generation of meters being considered for installation could provide real-time measurements of water usage. These meters would allow customers to track their water usage on demand and make it easier to detect small leaks before they become big problems. The District will continue to regular updates regarding implementation of the Meter Replacement Program to its customers.
The District formed a partnership with 11 local water agencies to complete a regional Water Meter Planning Study which includes a review of existing meter inventory, an assessment of new meter technology, meter testing options, and future financial planning strategies. The goal is to replace aging water meters and implement a meter testing program. By creating this regional consortium of agencies, the District, along with these other agencies, seeks to reduce costs through economies of scale for bulk meter purchases, a regional meter testing program, and other service enhancements.