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Newsletter – July 2019

Site Preparations for WWTP Upgrades to Begin in August

Rendering of new Waste Water Treatment FacilityThe Clean Water Program is the most significant upgrade to the City’s sewer infrastructure in its modern history. Once completed, the WWTP will produce high-quality treated water that will meet new water quality regulations and benefit the City’s residents, future generations, local environment, and the San Francisco Bay Community. After five years of planning and design, Phase 1 of these upgrades is scheduled to begin next month.

Phase 1 includes construction site preparations. During this time, informational signs will be posted, and the contractor will arrive onsite. They will set up their construction trailer and begin demolition of existing equipment and facilities to clear space for new elements. Preparations for upcoming construction (including excavation, installation of perimeter shoring, and dewatering; electrical upgrades and stormwater management improvements) will also begin. Site safety and security measures (such as pathway closures and parking restrictions) will be put in to place during this time, as will traffic, dust, and noise control measures.

Phase 1 is expected to conclude in early Fall 2020. Phase 2 is expected to begin in late spring 2020, and includes foundation building activities. Additional community meetings will be held prior to starting Phase 2. The entire project is expected to take approximately 5 years.

Please visit the Waste Water Treatment Plant page for additional project details and updates. Questions? Please email or call (650) 727-6870.

Update on UFES Environmental Impact Report

The City of San Mateo Clean Water Program continues to make forward progress with the Environmental Impact Report for the Underground Flow Equalization System Project. The following events are planned:

Planning Commission Study Session – August 27, 2019. This informational meeting is to familiarize the Planning Commission with important information that has been updated since publication of the Draft Environmental Impact Report in March 2019.

Planning Commission Recommendation for Certification – September 24, 2019. At this meeting, information from the Final Environmental Impact Report will be presented, and the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council for certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report, and concurrent Special Use Permit.

City Council Meeting – October 7, 2019. At this meeting, City Council will vote on certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report and approval of the Special Use Permit.

Planning Commission meetings and City Council meetings are all held at 7:00 pm at City Hall Council Chambers, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403.

The Final Environmental Impact Report, including responses to comments received during the Public Comment Period that ran from March 6, 2019 through May 31, 2019, will be released approximately 2 weeks before the September Planning Commission meeting.

Stay tuned for additional information ahead of these important milestones for the UFES project.

Please visit the Underground Flow Equalization System page for additional project details and updates. Questions? Please email or call (650) 727-6870.