Angels City Council weighs $24M in water improvements

Written by Mike Morris, The Union Democrat August 21, 2013 12:30 pm

As Angels Camp grows, so will the amount spent on the city’s water system.

That was the message from a consultant Tuesday night as he outlined a draft Water Master Plan to the Angels Camp City Council.

The plan identifies more than $24 million in improvements to the city’s water system needed in the next 20 years to keep up with growth identified in the city’s General Plan land-use document.

That work includes upgrades to the city’s water treatment plant, constructing a well to develop a secondary water supply and building a secondary storage tank. The city’s water distribution system also needs improvements to meet “fire flow” requirements, according to the study. 

“Many of these projects are tied to as growth occurs … parts of the system need updating,” Dave Richard, a consultant with NV5 of Manteca, told the council. 

City engineer Dave Myers said after the meeting that regardless of growth, the water system has some aging infrastructure that needs fixing. 

The plan identifies four potential well sites and pipeline routes as well as three potential sites for a second storage tank. The city now has a single storage tank that can hold 2.5 million gallons. 

The capital improvement plan shows $6.7 million needed for improvements to the water supply system, $5.9 million for the water treatment system, $3.3 million for water storage and $6.8 million for the distribution system. Combined with $1.6 million for “reports, studies and miscellaneous projects,” the total cost would be $24.3 million. 

A public hearing will be held at the council’s next meeting on Sept. 3 before adoption of the final Water Master Plan. 

Once a plan is approved, the city can move ahead with a water rate study, which will “identify any changes in the current fee structure,” Richard said.

The master plan, which was compiled during the past year, cost $83,750, while the rate study is budgeted for $40,000.