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South County Recycled Water Pipeline Project

About This Project

In March 2022, Valley Water and its contractor began work on the South County Recycled Water Pipeline Project. The project will expand the distribution of additional recycled water in Gilroy, serve new customers, improve service delivery through system redundancy during outages, and support future system expansions. A project mailer with a project map and photos is available to download.

Work includes the construction of approximately 3.5 miles of pipeline, connection to the existing recycled water system and recycled water pipeline, and upgrading the pipeline connection to the South County Recycled Water Authority (SCRWA) wastewater treatment plant facility.

The project work will include similar sized pipes to the image shown
In Progress
March 2022 - September 2023
$23 million
$5.7 million grant (United States Bureau of Reclamation)
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W. Lechessa Ave

Valley Water is constructing the South County Recycled Water Pipeline Project to enhance Gilroy’s recycled water distribution system. Once completed, the distribution of additional recycled water will expand service to existing customers, improve delivery, allow service to new customers, and support future system expansion. We thank you for your patience while we are under construction.

Occasional work activity will occur on W. Luchessa Avenue after the pipeline is installed. Lane closures will be necessary, but roads will not be closed, allowing vehicles to travel in both directions. Emergency vehicles will have access during the above detours. Valley Water and its contractor will ensure nearby streets remain safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and local traffic throughout construction. Please use caution when driving near the construction area and follow all traffic control measures.

The walking trail at West Luchessa Avenue may have potential intermittent closures during construction. Detour signs will be placed to direct and inform the public should a temporary trail closure be required. Additional sections of W. Luchessa Ave are to be temporarily closed (more details to follow).

Future Paving along Luchessa Avenue

The pavement restoration work is tentatively scheduled for early next year along W. Luchessa Ave. The contractor continues to install the recycled water pipeline along W. Luchessa Ave. and is returning to complete minor tasks that will not require street closures. The tasks are expected to be completed early in 2023, followed by the trench pavement restoration work along the areas where the pipeline trenching occurred. In addition, along West Luchessa Avenue (from Monterey Road to a point between Church Street and Princevalle Street), pavement restoration will expand to multiple westbound lanes from sidewalk to median due to poor roadway conditions.

For More Information:

Please contact the project's neighborhood liaison, Jose Villarreal.