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Posted on: April 12, 2019

City Sewer Pipe Replacement & Rehabilitation Project is Underway


The City of Arcata resumed work on the 2018 Sanitary Sewer Infiltration Reduction Project on Monday, April 15. This project was suspended this winter due to rainfall and high groundwater levels occurring in late December 2018 through early April 2019.

The City of Arcata has contracted with G.R. Sundberg Construction, Inc., for this project that involves the replacement and/or rehabilitation of existing sewer lines to eliminate water intrusion into the City’s sewer collection system due to storm events and high ground water. Upon completion, this project will reduce the amount of wastewater that is processed through Arcata's wastewater treatment facility greatly reducing the possibility of sanitary sewer overflows and lowering operating costs. To date, G.R. Sundberg Construction, Inc. has completed 40 percent of the construction work required for this project, and the remaining work is scheduled to be completed this year.

This project has been a long-term goal for the City of Arcata as it is vital to maintaining Arcata’s infrastructure, and the City is excited to resume making these improvements for our community. 

Construction for this project is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2019.

Due to the work required for this project, neighborhood residents in construction zones may experience brief sewer and water service interruptions. The City of Arcata will notify effected residents by mail in advance of these interruptions. Property owners, businesses and tenants serviced by the sewer mains selected for rehabilitation will also be notified 72 hours in advance regarding sewer and water service interruptions via a City door-hanger notice. It is anticipated neighborhood residents effected will have only two service interruptions through the duration of this project.

The City of Arcata apologizes for any inconvenience that this project may cause to neighborhood residents, and thanks community members in advance for their cooperation. On the days of scheduled work, community members are advised to follow all directions and traffic control devices within the construction area.

For updates regarding this project, click here.

If problems are encountered with this project, please contact G.R. Sundberg Construction at 707- 825-6565 or the City of Arcata at 707-825-2173.


About 2018 Sanitary Sewer Infiltration Reduction Project Funding - Funding for this Project has been provided in full or in part by the Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board. California’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund is capitalized through a variety of funding sources, including grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and state bond proceeds. The remaining cost, plus contingencies, will be funded using capital reserves accumulating in the City’s Wastewater Fund for the purpose of funding major infrastructure improvements. In anticipation of financing major capital projects, Arcata City Council increased water and wastewater rates over a five-year period to cover the cost of major capital improvements to the City’s 50+ year old infrastructure.

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