New buildings to bring visual changes, bigger purpose to Rinconada

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This summer’s construction will bring more changes to the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant landscape, with several new buildings rising on the northern side of the plant and others being modified to support the water treatment process.

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The above aerial view of the new plant shows the final building layout. Structures one through four will be constructed on a currently-empty lot and construction storage area. Structures five through 10 will replace the current clarifier structures located in the center of the plant.

Let’s take a look at the most visually impactful new buildings:

Our tallest new building at the plant will be the ozone contactor, numbered one on the plant rendering and located near Capistrano Place. This 30-foot-tall structure will have a textured concrete pattern on the outside that will reflect the flow of the water through the inside. Prior to construction, the trees discussed in last week’s blog article will be put in place to minimize the building’s visual impact.

The buildings next to the ozone contactor structure are the flocculation and sedimentation basins. They are 21-feet tall and will have the same exterior textured concrete pattern as the ozone contactor. Box trees will sit along the basins’ west face.

A carbon dioxide storage tank will be added in front of the ozone contactor structure and behind the screening trees. The tank will be much shorter than the surrounding structures. Carbon dioxide is used for pH control in the water treatment process.  The screening trees will be well established by the two years needed to build the new structures.

The new ozone contactor and the flocculation and sedimentation basins have the greatest visual impact, but the project will also change the center of the plant. New 18-foot tall filter basins will replace the two clarifiers adjacent to More Avenue.

The architectural rendering below shows the new flocculation and sedimentation basins structures from the new lower gate on More Avenue .

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During the course of planning and design for the project, the water district has kept the neighborhood in mind, particularly when it comes to concerns about the new buildings visually impacting the area. If you would like to learn more about the purpose of these new buildings, check out the upcoming water treatment process series that will explain this in further detail. If you have further questions about the new buildings, comment below so we can respond right back!

-Tara Pozzi, SCVWD Intern

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