Building for basins taking shape as construction continues

The flocculation sedimentation basins and ozone contactors currently under construction at the water treatment plant are turning into visible signs of change at the Rinconada plant. But what some people have asked is whether they’ll be as noticeable once complete and change the panoramic view of the Santa Clara Valley? A look at the most…

Excavation underway for washwater recovery building

There’s always something big going on at the Rinconada plant during Reliability Project construction and over the next few weeks, one of its biggest is going to start taking shape. The water district has started excavating to prepare the location for a 9,600-square feet washwater recovery facility, a key component in the treatment process. It will be…

New buildings won’t hamper valley views

A big question asked by neighbors about the new buildings planned for the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is just how high the structures will rise and how they will impact the views of the Santa Clara Valley from the plant. The short answer is, not by much, according to Project Manager Mike Munson. The height of…

Shutdown planned for early March

Rinconada will shut down for five days beginning Monday, March 7 to work on tie-ins that will help make the new water treatment process operational. Contractors will connect pipes for raw water, waterline, liquid alum and sodium hypochlorate. The work will take place between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., with little increase in truck traffic…

Public meeting on the Reliability Project March 3

The Santa Clara Valley Water District invites those interested in the progress of the Reliability Improvement Project at the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant to attend a public meeting on Thursday, March 3 at Rolling Hills Middle School. The 6 p.m. meeting will provide details on the project through its first eight months of construction and…

District installs new pipeline during plant shutdown

Water production is up and running again following a routine shutdown of the Rinconada plant during the week of Jan. 12, allowing contractors to install a 72-inch raw water pipeline and perform electrical work. Contractors can only perform the work with the plant completely shut down and not treating its regular 40 million gallons per…

Tree removal crucial to project

The water district must remove a number of trees from the perimeter of the water treatment plant to accommodate site security as part of the Reliability Improvement Project. As of Dec. 22, the district has removed 119 trees from the site, including 51 last February during the project’s first phase from the northern staging area along…

See construction work live and in real time!

The Rinconada Water Treatment Plant is off limits to the public during construction, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a bird’s eye view of what’s going on behind the fences. Video cameras positioned at three different locations within the facility are capturing the project as it happens and feeding the images back to the…

Update: Truck hours Jan. 12-15

Due to the recent storms, the concrete work planned for last week was delayed and will resume this week, using the extended work hours as originally planned. Work will begin at 7 a.m. (instead of 9 a.m.) and run until 5 p.m. from Tuesday, January 12 through Friday, January 15. No trucks will run during…

Extra truck hours Jan. 5-8

The contractor for the Rinconada Water Treatment Plant will temporarily work two extra hours in the mornings next week to complete a large concrete pour. Work will begin at 7 a.m. (instead of 9 a.m.) and run until 5 p.m., starting Tuesday, January 5 through Friday, January 8. Approximately 32 trucks will run each day…

Public meeting reviews the project’s first four months

In its first update to the community since construction at the Rinconada plant began four months ago, the water district highlighted its efforts to control truck traffic and dust in the neighborhood during the recent heavy construction of the Reliability Improvement Project. “(The neighborhood) may have seen the worst of it,” the project’s manager Mike Munson…

Truck traffic to increase Dec. 10

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the number of trucks going to the Rinconada plant will increase as construction shifts towards building foundations for flocculation and sedimentation basins, one of the Reliability Project’s largest concrete pour jobs. Sixty-five concrete ready mix trucks will make 65 trips in each of the three days planned for the work. The jump…