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Sawmill Flat Water Main Extension

SONORA, CA: Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) next week will begin a grant funded project to extend a water line on Sawmill Flat Road to customers who currently use TUD ditch water in their homes. Several years ago the Sawmill Flat Water Users Association (ditch domestic customers) approached TUD to provide treated water service to their homes. Currently the closest District water main is approximately 1,700 lineal feet from the Association boundary.

“When we initially looked at the overall cost for this project, we could tell it would be very costly for the District to extend this water main. The District is always looking at other funding sources and submitted a grant funding application with the State noting that these customers did not have a treated water source available to them. We were very pleased to have been awarded a State grant for this project,” states Erik Johnson, Associate Engineer associated with this project. The District was awarded grant funding by the California State Proposition 50, Department of Public Health in February 2012. The purpose of the project is to provide clean, reliable drinking water to customers that currently use TUD ditch water in their homes. Moyle Excavation, Inc. of Jamestown was awarded the bid of $200,548 to assist with the project that includes extending an 8-inch and 10-inch water main along Sawmill Flat Road from Parrotts Ferry Road to Rambler Road. The project will also include installation of fire hydrants along Sawmill Flat for improved fire protection.

Construction is expected to last for approximately 4-6 weeks.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Construction crews will be working at the intersection of Parrotts Ferry Road and Sawmill Flat Road from 7 am – 5pm on both Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (7/10 – 7/12). Flagging and one way traffic controls will be in effect. Expect minor traffic delays. Please exercise caution when driving in this area.

The Tuolumne Utilities District currently serves over 44,000 Tuolumne County residents. The District currently owns and operates 14 water treatment plants, 71 treated water storage tanks, two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 57 miles of open ditches, 157 miles of sewer collection pipe and 330 miles of treated water pipeline.

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