The water tank replacement and system upgrade in Cayucos will add one new 210,000-gallon storage tank and demolish and replace another tank.

Work is moving swiftly on a water tank replacement and system upgrade project in the County’s CSA-10A water district in south Cayucos.

John Madonna Const., of San Luis Obispo was awarded a $1.9 million contract last January over four other bidders.
The project, which is at a hilltop site off Hacienda Avenue, is adding one new 210,000-gallon storage tank, and would demolish and replace another tank, according to Eric Laurie, the project manager for County Public Works Department. That 60-year-old tank would cost more to repair than replace.

The new tank will help ensure CSA-10A customers have adequate water supplies in emergencies like a big fire, and will increase water storage and service reliability and provide redundancy within the system, according to a report from January.
“The Department of Public Works,” Laurie said, “has been developing an infrastructure improvement program for the CSA 10A water system for the past several years. New water storage tanks are one phase of the needed improvements and will address storage deficiencies, improve redundancy and reliability, and reduce overall system maintenance costs.”

Public Works was planning to seek a low interest loan from the Federal Department of Agriculture’s Rural Assistance Fund and had borrowed the cash for the job from the County’s “Tax Reduction Reserve Fund.”
Eventual repayment will come out of water bills of CSA-10 customers, essentially the residential neighborhoods in the southern end of town, some 750 customers.

Completion is slated for November 2020.