Current Projects

El Camino Real Potable Water Pipeline Replacement and Green Bike Lane Striping Project

The public is invited to learn more about this critical infrastructure project at a neighborhood meeting on September 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that there are over 240,000 water main breaks in the United States every year. Not only do these main breaks waste over two trillion gallons of treated drinking water, but they interrupt water service to homes and businesses, and require costly and disruptive emergency repairs.

To prevent water main breaks and ensure reliable service to your property, Olivenhain Municipal Water District is proactive in its repair and replacement of aging water infrastructure.

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 scheduled to begin this fall.

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. Water service and fire hydrant laterals served by the existing pipelines will also be replaced.

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. Measures will include restriping and narrowing current travel lanes, and will improve safety and mobility for bicyclists by adding buffers to existing bike lanes. Buffered areas will be delineated with traffic reflective and re-erectable bollards. Green color will be used at certain areas on the bike lanes to further notify the users of the potential areas of conflict between bicycles and motor vehicles. Additional signage and pavement markings will also be installed as needed.

On behalf of the City of Encinitas, OMWD will implement the lane restriping portion of the project which will take place concurrently with the pipeline replacement project. The interagency cooperation on this effort will minimize expenses and the duration of traffic impacts to El Camino Real.

OMWD will be taking several steps to reduce the impact of the project to residents and businesses along North El Camino Real. Areas of focus will include:

  • Traffic control
  • Access to businesses and residences
  • Pedestrian access
  • Continuity of water service
  • Noise and light during night construction
  • Access for services such as:
    • Deliveries
    • Mass transit
    • Emergency vehicles

A city-approved traffic management plan will be implemented during construction and most work will be done at night to minimize traffic impacts. 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.

OMWD welcomes your comments regarding the project and wishes to address any concerns or questions that you may have. If you have questions or comments, please contact our engineering department or call 760-632-4235.

For questions specific to the City of Encinitas’ Active Transportation Enhancing Project, please visit the City’s project page or contact or call 760-943-2211.

Future project updates and important announcements will be posted on this page.El Camino Real Project Map