By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley) – Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority was faced with a disastrous emergency situation in late 2010, when 42 million gallons of sewage was released into the Mojave River following damage the pipelines. Today, J.W. Fowler Construction and VVWRA are delighted to announce the groundbreaking of the Upper Narrows pipeline project, ensuring the continued protection of public health and our environment.
In late December 2010, the Mojave River experienced record flows after an unprecedented series of storms. This severely damaged existing pipelines and required an emergency bypass; nearly 5,000 feet of temporary pipe was laid in only nine days. This incredible construction feat helped circumvent the damaged section of pipeline, but was in no way intended to be a permanent solution.
The project is necessary in order to replace emergency pipeline, removing it from the Mojave River and instead tunneling through the Upper Narrows in Old Town Victorville. “This project will prevent future disruption of our pipeline system,” said Logan Olds, General Manager of VVWRA. “After overcoming the initial challenges we faced following the disaster, I am pleased to see the project come to fruition.”
The project, located just east of the Lewis Center, will cost approximately $26.4 million and is anticipated to be completed by February of next year. Project funding sources include FEMA, CalOES, SWRCB, and VVWRA.
Following the VVWRA Board of Commissioners approval, the project has been given the go ahead to move into the construction phase. Collaboration with the Lewis Center for Educational Research will provide learning opportunities for students.
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority is a public agency that is equally governed by officials from its member agencies, which include Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Oro Grande and Spring Valley Lake. The agency’s award-winning regional treatment plant is located in Victorville.