Construction of new pump station begins in Del Mar
Del Mar Mayor Richard Earnest joined the rest of the city council on March 4 to break ground on a new sewer pump, located on 21st Street just east of Coast Boulevard. The system will ultimately replace the current 35-year-old pump that city officials say can be a danger to maintain and often malfunctions.
Plans call for the new pump, which will push a daily average of 675,000 gallons of sewage south to city of San Diego infrastructure, to be housed in a building that contains public restrooms and odor control mechanisms. The city will also replace the basketball court and create new access to the tennis courts, which will not close during construction. The project should take about a year and a half to complete, and will be fully operational after six months of testing. It will cost $5 million. Councilman Mark Filanc, an engineer by trade who worked on the pump being replaced, said this project has been something the city has wanted to do for 20 years.
“It is absolutely essential, almost all of the sewage collected in Del Mar runs through this pump station, and a failure here would mean we would spill to the lagoon and to the ocean,” he said.
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