OMWD has several active and upcoming projects in its service area. Updates and important announcements on OMWD’s larger capital improvement projects can be found on this page. Click on the project name below for more information. If you have additional questions, please email our Engineering Department or call 760-632-4235.
June 11, 2020 Virtual Neighborhood Meeting
On June 11, 2020, Olivenhain Municipal Water District hosted a virtual neighborhood meeting regarding the upcoming pipeline project along Encinitas Boulevard and Manchester Avenue. Staff provided project details, the anticipated construction schedule, and steps that will be taken to reduce impacts to the community. If you have additional questions or comments about the project, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 760-632-4235. Questions regarding the virtual neighborhood meeting can be directed to the meeting’s moderator Arman David Tarzi at ATarzi@olivenhain.com.
Current and Upcoming Projects:
- El Camino Real Potable Water Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project
- Manchester Avenue Recycled Water Pipeline Project
- Headquarters Renovation
El Camino Real Potable Water Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project
*6/15/2020*—Starting today, night work will resume on the El Camino Real Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project. All construction will take place Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
*5/27/2020*—Daytime work schedule has been extended through June 12. Work will continue Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Project has entered Phase 1 of the pipeline installation which will install 635 feet of pipeline across El Camino Real near Mountain Vista Drive. Access to at least one driveway to businesses will remain open at all times.
*4/20/2020*—Starting today, construction for the El Camino Real Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project will occur between 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. OMWD and City of Encinitas have changed the project to daytime hours to allow work to be completed more efficiently and safely. The change comes as a result of reduced traffic from the statewide stay-at-home order. This schedule will continue through May 1. From there, OMWD will work closely with the City to monitor the project’s impact on traffic on a week-by-week basis and modify the schedule as needed.
Two aging distribution mains located beneath El Camino Real were originally installed in 1961 and 1974, and are approaching the end of their lifespan. OMWD plans to replace these pipelines in the coming months, with construction anticipated to begin this spring.
The project will replace approximately 4,700 linear feet of existing 12-inch diameter water pipeline in North El Camino Real from Encinitas Boulevard to Garden View Road and approximately 650 linear feet of existing 12-inch diameter pipeline in North El Camino Real between Via Molena and Mountain Vista Drive.
In addition to the pipeline replacement, the City of Encinitas will implement traffic calming measures along El Camino Real from Encinitas Boulevard to Leucadia Boulevard.
OMWD anticipates there will only be one shutdown of water service for most businesses/residences, the duration of which will be kept as short as possible.
A mailer with additional project details was sent to neighboring businesses and residents in September 2019.
For questions specific to the City of Encinitas’ Active Transportation Enhancing Project, please visit the City’s project page or contact email@example.com or call 760-943-2211.
Manchester Avenue Recycled Water Pipeline Project
To expand the availability of OMWD’s recycled water, OMWD is planning to connect to San Elijo Joint Powers Authority’s recycled water transmission pipeline near Interstate 5 and Via Poco. From that connection, OMWD will construct a new recycled water pipeline along Manchester Avenue.
The Manchester Avenue Recycled Water Pipeline Project involves the construction of approximately 1.4 miles of six-inch diameter recycled water pipeline. The new pipeline will expand recycled water service to the corridor along Manchester Avenue and South El Camino Real from Interstate 5 freeway to Tennis Club Drive.
A mailer with additional project information was sent to neighboring businesses and residents in December 2019.
OMWD staff presented project details, as well as the benefits and requirements of using recycled water for landscape irrigation purposes, at a citizen’s participation meeting on January 7.
Environmental Public Comment Period & Public Hearing
OMWD prepared an Initial Study/Environmental Checklist and Mitigated Negative Declaration that addresses the potential environmental impacts of the Manchester Recycled Water Pipeline Project. On November 13, 2019, OMWD’s Board of Directors approved the release of the IS/MND document for public review and comment. The comment period ended January 15, 2020. A public hearing was held in OMWD’s boardroom on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to receive comments on the IS/MND for the Project.
Since pipes have a limited lifespan, OMWD invests in proactively repairing and replacing pipes throughout its service area, ensuring reliable water service to its customers. Many water agencies in California are tackling similar issues associated with aging infrastructure. View the video below to see how others in the water industry are also prioritizing pipe replacement.