By Steve Dreyer
The Poway City Council on Tuesday night will be briefed on a new sewer system master plan that recommends about $9 million in construction over the next two to five years.
Prepared by a private firm at a cost of about $240,000, the report concludes that the city’s sewer collection and processing system is “sufficient” to handle capacities through 2050 but suggests that sections of the pipeline in about a dozen locations be replaced in coming years. The work would involve the replacement of 18,500 feet of pipe. Upgrades to two of the system’s lift stations, at Old Coach Road and Camino del Valle, are recommended as well.
Any work authorized by the council would be financed through the city’s sewer fund reserve account. That account is projected to have $13 million in it by June 30, according to City Manager Penny Riley.
The 256-page report is an update to a “Sanitary Sewer Master Plan” adopted by the city in 2000. It was prepared by Atkins, a worldwide company with offices in San Diego. The new report covers projections for eventual system capacity, the overall condition of the system, and outlines a 10-year capital improvement program.
The sewer system has a central processing plant, 185 miles of gravity lines, five lift stations and 4,000 manholes, the report notes. The system’s service area encompasses about 90 percent of the city, with the exception of North Poway homes that are on septic systems. The service area also extends a little to the west to include some City of San Diego homes and to the south and southwest to include some homes in the county.
The city’s system handles about 3.5 million gallons of sewage each day, the report says. By 2030, the total will be about 4.3 million gallons, it predicts. By 2050 the flow will be at 4.7 million.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 13325 Civic Center Drive.