Caring for Underground Assets
The Water Authority operates and maintains a regional water delivery system capable of delivering more than 900 million gallons of water per day. The system consists of 310 miles of large-diameter pipeline, 1,600 aqueduct-related structures, and approximately 100 metering/flow control facilities. It also includes a state-of-the-art water treatment plant, hydroelectric facilities, pump stations, flow regulatory structures, and a dam with a 24,000 acre-foot reservoir.
Each year, the Water Authority develops an Aqueduct Operating Plan to communicate and coordinate with member agencies. The plan incorporates on-going efforts to optimize the delivery, treatment and storage of water in the San Diego region and is a coordinated effort with the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies, the Metropolitan Water District and other key stakeholders. The goal is to manage the water demands of San Diego County and coordinate maintenance activities and system shutdowns so that all portions of the systems are managed safely and efficiently.
Pipelines Require Continual Monitoring and Maintenance
Like all infrastructure, pipelines need vigilant assessment and upgrades to keep doing their jobs day after day, year after year. It’s no easy task, given the fact that they are buried in both urban, suburban and rural settings – and the fact that they are almost constantly in use. That’s why the Water Authority prioritizes monitoring and maintenance to ensure that the pipelines can continue to carry their precious cargo for decades to come.