Phase 2A - Arden Service Area Pipe and Meter Installation Project

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Phase 2A construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2020.  This project will abandon old distribution pipelines located in backyards, install approximately 3 miles of new distribution pipelines within street right-of-way, install 254 new service lines and meters, install new or replace 40 fire hydrants and 13 backflow preventer assemblies. This Project will provide several critical improvements to the Arden Service Area’s distribution system:

  • Improved system reliability and additional fire-flow capacity: Larger water mains will help provide better system redundancy and additional water supplies to meet fire flow requirements. Fire hydrants will be added to the project area to meet Fire Code spacing requirements (every 500 feet for residential and every 300 feet for commercial areas.)
  • Meet separation standards for drinking water mains: New water mains placed into the street-right-away will help SCWA meet the current separation requirements from sanitary sewer and drainage facilities.
  • Lower operation and maintenance costs: The replacement of older and undersized water mains will reduce maintenance cost of day-to-day operations.
  • Meet state deadline for water meter implementation: The installation of water meters will achieve system compliance with the state requirement that all water services have meters installed by 2025.

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Project Presentation Meeting

Residents within the Phase 2A boundries are invited to attend a public meeting to learn about the Phase 2A Pipe and Meter Installation Project prior to construction start. We are tentatively scheduled to begin in February 2020.
Project Engineers will present the project and answer questions.
When: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Where: Sierra Oaks Elementary (Multi-Purpose Room)
171 Mills Road, Sacramento, CA
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

If you are visually impaired or need alternative formats please contact the project engineer.

What to Expect as Part of the Construction Phase

Meter Installation

Approximately 3-5 days before the water meter installation occurs, the contractor will hang a door tag on your doorknob (or fence) to identify the schedule for your installation.  The installation for your property will typically take less than four hours to complete; however, it may prolong if any issues arise or if additional equipment and/or setup is required.  Service connections requiring longer runs of pipe will require additional setups if a boring machine is used.  During this time, you will experience an interruption of your water service.  We will make every effort to minimize impacts to your residence or business; however, please plan accordingly the day of your installation.


Expect delays during daytime hours on residential and minor roads.  Work performed on major roads such as Watt Avenue and American River Drive, will be night work to help minimize traffic impacts.  There will be traffic control measures implemented during construction including lane closures, reduction in travel speeds and short detours.  Watch for signs and flaggers.
SCWA urges special attention for the ingress and egress of construction equipment in your area. There may be multiple
crews working throughout the project at any given time.

Tree Trimming

Where access is limited, tree trimming may be necessary in the roadway or the work area.


Expect an increase in noise during construction hours. No Project work is scheduled for weekends or holidays unless
emergency repairs are necessary. Construction hours for residential and minor streets will be between 8:00am and 3:30pm.  Construction hours for night work will be between 8:00pm and 6:00am.

Road Restoration Work

Varying pavement conditions will exist throughout the construction period. Once water mains are installed, hot-mix asphalt will be placed on top of backfill and will be identified as “Temporary.” Full pavement restorations shall be completed per Sacramento County Department of Transportation (DOT) Standards. Final paving to be completed per the project schedule.

Contact Information

Project Engineer: Helen Rocha
Phone: (916) 874-3070

Lead Inspector: TBD
Contractor Project Manager: TBD