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Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities Project

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Updated March 16, 2017

Pipeline installation completed

The Santa Clara Valley Water District and City of Sunnyvale completed installation of 2.5 miles of recycled water pipeline underneath Wolfe Road. This work is part of the Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities Project, which expands recycled water infrastructure in Sunnyvale and helps develop drought-proof water supplies for our future.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the past year of Wolfe Road construction and traffic impacts. Your cooperation helped us complete the pipeline installation on schedule.

Pump station construction continues

In addition to the pipeline installation, the project includes building a new booster pump station at Sunnyvale’s San Lucar Pump Station, south of Kifer Road and north of the Union Pacific (Caltrain) railroad tracks. The pump station work is contained on site and does not impact Wolfe Road traffic. The pump station work is underway and expected to be completed this spring.

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Project summary

The Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities Project will expand recycled water distribution in Sunnyvale, provide service to the Apple Campus 2 and help the water district expand recycled water use throughout the county. The project is a partnership between the Santa Clara Valley Water District, City of Sunnyvale, Apple, Inc. and California Water Service Company.

Project highlights

  • The project is one of the largest recycled water projects for the water district to date.
  • The new facilities will reduce dependency on imported and local potable (drinking) water by expanding recycled water distribution.
  • This infrastructure builds the foundation for potential future business customers in Sunnyvale and Cupertino.
  • The project’s unique partnership between public and private agencies stands as a model of collaboration and demonstrates our community’s commitment to developing drought-proof water supplies for our future.

Project area

The project will include building a booster pump station and installing 2.5-miles of recycled water pipeline underneath Wolfe Road. The booster pump station will be built at Sunnyvale’s San Lucar Pump Station, south of Kifer Road and north of the Union Pacific (Caltrain) railroad tracks. The recycled water pipe will begin at the pump station and end at Homestead Road.

Project specifics and timeline

Planning2012-2013

Design

2014-2015             

Construction Spring 2016

The City of Sunnyvale completed the planning phase of the project and the water district is leading the design and construction phases. The agencies continue to work together to implement the project as efficiently as possible, minimize construction and traffic impacts, and keep the community informed of the project’s progress.

Construction began in spring 2016 and will last for approximately one year. The recycled water pipeline will be installed underneath Wolfe Road and construction will remain within the boundaries of the road and sidewalk. Construction will progress in sections of approximately 50-100 feet per day. Traffic restrictions along Wolfe Road will be made with consideration of commute times as much as practical. Alternative routes for bicycles and detours for vehicles and pedestrians will be provided. Public transit (bus) route and stop changes will be managed by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and will be posted on the VTA construction notice web page.

Funding partnership

The project will cost $17.5 million and will be funded by the Santa Clara Valley Water District ($6.6 million), Apple, Inc. ($4.8 million), City of Sunnyvale ($2.1 million), and California Water Service Company ($1.5 million). The water district and Sunnyvale jointly applied for and received a grant from the California Department of Water Resources ($2.5 million).


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Project Quick Look

Construction StartSpring 2016
Construction FinishSpring 2017
Location Sunnyvale
StatusConstruction


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