PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: May 7, 2021

Garney Construction will begin the installation of pipelines for Pure Water Soquel in the following locations:

City of Santa Cruz •  Work hours are weekdays from 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

  • California Street from the Wastewater Treatment Facility  to Laurel Street:  May 24-June 15
  • Laurel Street from California to Chestnut: June 16-July 5
  • Laurel Street from  Chestnut to the west end of the Laurel Street Bridge:  July 6 – August 12

Unincorporated County • Work hours are weekdays from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

  • Soquel Avenue (frontage road) at storm drain culverts (near West Marine shopping center): May 24–June 21

All construction dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Work may include trenches, heavy equipment, trucks, vehicle and bike lane closures, and parking restrictions. The public is asked to consider alternate routes and drive with extra caution if travel through construction areas is necessary.

Project Summary:

Starting in the spring of 2021, contractors for Soquel Creek Water District will begin installing about eight miles of pipeline under various streets between Santa Cruz and Aptos. These pipelines will carry recycled water from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Chanticleer Water Purification Center (to be built) in the Live Oak area; and, will carry purified water from the new Center to three Seawater Intrusion Prevention (SWIP) wells where it will be pumped into the groundwater basin. This project is part of Pure Water Soquel (PWS) — providing a reliable supplemental water supply for the community and preventing seawater from contaminating our groundwater.  

Although the entire pipeline alignment is about eight miles long, construction will not be taking place on all streets along the pipeline route at the same time. It will be a moving work zone, progressing up to several hundred feet per day. Work within a particular area could last for one-to-two weeks or more, as construction crews move along the pipeline route. The actual length of time work will be taking place in any given location will depend on site conditions, weather, and other factors. 

In most cases the work will consist of excavating through the asphalt street surface, preparing the area for the pipelines, delivering and laying the pipes and associated equipment, then backfilling and temporarily patching the street (to be resurfaced later). This work will require trucks, backhoes, bulldozers, excavators, graders, and other equipment, with significant work crews on-site. In some areas, the pipeline will go across bridges where it will be affixed to the bridge structure. The work will require lane closures and short detours, and in some cases may require temporary complete closure of a segment of the street.