Know the No, 3/2 - Water Treatment / Fulton Street Groundbreaking

Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the City of Fresno, Mark Standriff, visited Great Day to talk about the Fulton Street Reconstruction Project groundbreaking taking place Thursday

Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the City of Fresno, Mark Standriff, visited Great Day to talk about two major groundbreaking event happening this week.

On Wednesday is the Southeast Surface Water Treatment Plant groundbreaking, which is part of the Recharge Fresno project.

Then on Thursday is the Fulton Street Reconstruction Project groundbreaking, where the Fulton Mall will be reopened to vehicle traffic.

The Fulton Street groundbreaking is open to the public and takes place at Merced and Fulton Streets at 4:00 p.m.

Parking around the Mall will be free starting at 3:00 p.m.

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City of Fresno News Release:

Fresno, CA - The City of Fresno's largest public works project in history broke ground today with state and local elected officials on hand to commemorate the start of construction on the Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility. The facility, which will be completed in 2018, is the cornerstone of Recharge Fresno, the City's program to improve the pipelines and water system facilities that will capture, treat and deliver water to Fresno homes and businesses, including surface water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

"For decades, the City of Fresno has worked to create a plan that ensures a sustainable water future for our community," said Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin. "That plan is now a reality with construction of this essential project that will ensure a safe, clean, reliable water supply for Fresno for generations to come."

The Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility is under construction on a 58-acre site at the northwest corner of Olive and Armstrong avenues. The facility will ultimately provide 80 million gallons per day of drinking water, significantly reducing the City reliance on groundwater supplies.

"It has taken a concerted and cooperative effort among our City leaders, state and federal agencies, our water agency partners, including the Fresno Irrigation District, and our community members to make these projects a reality," said City Manager Bruce Rudd. "With this infrastructure in place, we will secure a sustainable water supply, capturing surface water in normal years and replenishing groundwater so it will be available in dry years."

In February 2015, following unprecedented public participation, the Fresno City Council overwhelmingly supported a five-year water rate increase to fund Recharge Fresno. In addition, the City adopted major initiatives to ensure continued oversight, wise water use and affordability programs.

"We could no longer kick the can down the road," said Council President Paul Caprioglio. "We understood it was time to take a firm stand to ensure Fresno's water future, while also establishing steps to continue our focus on conservation and affordability. This project marks a truly historic day for the City of Fresno."

Earlier this year, the City of Fresno secured a $195 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-funded State Revolving Fund low-interest loan to pay for construction of the Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility. In comparison to other conventional financing, the 30-year low-interest loan will save rate payers more than $115 million over 30 years.

The new facility will include pre-treatment, filtration, disinfection, chemical buildings and equipment to provide clean, safe drinking water. Other Recharge Fresno projects include the 13-mile, 72-inch diameter pipeline which will supply water from the Kings River. High quality drinking water from the new Southeast Surface Water Treatment Facility will then be delivered to the City of Fresno through 13 miles of new Regional Transmission Mains. Both pipeline construction projects will begin later this year. Together, this infrastructure will allow the City to maximize use of available surface water and reduce the use of groundwater resources, benefitting the entire region.