Regional Surface Water Supply Project


The RSWSP is a collaborative effort that will provide water from the Tuolumne River via an existing set of perforated pipelines installed in gravel about 8-feet below the bottom of the river bed (located just west of the Geer Road Bridge), a new intake structure and raw water pump station and pipeline. The raw water from the pipelines will be treated at a new water treatment plant to drinking water standards, and delivered to SRWA service areas for municipal and industrial uses. Construction of the local facilities required in each city to integrate this new supply source into their system will be the responsibility of each city. TID will also use the raw water facilities to deliver irrigation water to agricultural users.

The SRWA’s Regional Surface Water Supply Project will deliver a long-term, sustainable water source that will allow for integrated use of groundwater and surface water, and diversify the water supply portfolios for both Ceres and Turlock.

The wet well element of the raw water pump station will be constructed using a traditional, design-bid-build contracting method. The Plans and Specifications for construction of the wet well are currently available for contractor bidding. Received bids from qualified contractors were opened on December 6, 2017 at 2 pm. Project will be awarded in early 2018.

The remainder of the Project will be constructed using a design-build model. As the name implies, this type of contract is used when both design and construction take place simultaneously throughout the length of the contract. Design-build projects are typically completed sooner and more efficiently with fewer construction change orders.

The Project will be made up of multiple components including a regional water treatment facility, raw water pipeline, and treated water transmission mains for both Ceres and Turlock.

Project Benefits

The benefits for residents, businesses, agriculture, and government agencies include:

  • Diverse water supply portfolios
  • Reliable integrated surface water and groundwater systems
  • Drought resilient water supplies
  • Reliable water quality
  • Groundwater aquifer replenishment (as a result of reduced urban groundwater pumping)
  • Benefits to the agricultural community associated with reduced urban groundwater pumping, and the delivery of “offset” water to Turlock Irrigation District (from recycled or stored groundwater supplies) during dry periods
  • Increased flows in the Upper Tuolumne River to benefit salmon and other aquatic species
  • Potential to provide treated surface water supply to disadvantaged communities and other regional partners
  • Decrease in hardness and mineral content in both delivered drinking water and in wastewater effluent discharges

Project Schedule

Environmental Process - 2016-2018

Project Design - 2018- 2020

Project Construction - 2020-2022

What’s Next?

SRWA staff and consultants are working to select a contractor, enter into an agreement for services, and begin construction of the Wet Well component of the Project. Environmental permits needed prior to construction are being obtained, right of way acquisition is under way for the property needed for the Wet Well and construction is expected to start on this important piece of the Project in May of 2018.