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. If you have additional questions, please email our Engineering Department or call 760-632-4235.
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
- Manchester Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Project
El Camino Real Potable Water Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project
*2/2/2021*—Once OMWD has completed the remaining connections to the new pipelines, the City of Encinitas will begin the green bike lane striping portion of the project in early February. The work will take place during daytime hours Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in both the northbound and southbound lanes of El Camino Real from Encinitas Boulevard to Leucadia Boulevard. Consider taking an alternate route if possible. Access to at least one driveway to businesses will remain open at all times.
Two aging distribution mains located beneath El Camino Real were originally installed in 1961 and 1974, and are approaching the end of their lifespan. This project will replace these pipelines between spring 2020 and spring 2021.
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 construct the Manchester Avenue Recycled Water Pipeline Project, which 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, 2020.
Construction date is tentatively expected to begin in summer 2021.
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 January 15, 2020 to receive comments on the IS/MND.
Olivenhain Municipal Water District is committed to providing its customers with safe, reliable, and high-quality drinking water. This is why OMWD takes a proactive approach in repairing and replacing aging water infrastructure. These proactive measures help prevent disruptive main breaks while meeting your neighborhood’s water needs.
Pipelines near the intersection of Rancho Santa Fe Road and Encinitas Boulevard are approaching the end of their lifespan. The Manchester Avenue Potable Water Pipeline Project will replace and relocate:
• Approximately 1,200 feet of 12-inch pipeline in Manchester Avenue from Colony Terrace north to Encinitas Boulevard
• Approximately 450 feet of 12-inch pipeline in Encinitas Boulevard west of Rancho Santa Fe Road
• Approximately 200 feet of 12-inch pipeline in Rancho Santa Fe Road north of Encinitas Boulevard
• Approximately 900 feet of 8-inch pipeline in South Rancho Santa Fe Road
The Project is expected to begin in summer 2021 and construction should last approximately nine months. OMWD will work carefully to minimize the duration of any temporary water service interruptions to customers. A city-approved traffic management plan will be implemented during construction to minimize traffic impacts.
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.
Morning Sun Pressure Reducing Station Removal
In 1978, OMWD installed the Morning Sun Pressure Reducing Station at the intersection of Morning Sun Drive and Rancho Santa Fe Road, which is nearing the end of its useful life.
In early 2021, OMWD plans on removing the now-obsolete pressure reducing station, which will include removal of the existing steel pipeline feeding the station; demolition and removal of the existing vault lid; removal of the upper half of the vault walls and internal piping; installation of 95 feet of 24-inch diameter water pipeline; and replacement of the existing fire hydrant. The project should be completed within 90 days of commencement.
Construction will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m., with work trucks in the area during those times.
A mailer with additional project details was sent to neighboring residents in September 2020.
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.