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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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Upcoming Bridge Closure and Detour

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. 

This mid to late July (a specific date to be provided) the Luchessa Bridge will temporarily close between Thomas Road and Church Street, and vehicles will be rerouted. The temporary bridge closure is necessary to complete the project by the end of this summer. We expect the bridge to reopen in four weeks or sooner from the closure date, and we thank you for your patience while we are under construction. Click here to view the detour map.

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.

For More Information:

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