Holtville Begins Replacing 3.2 Miles of an 85 Year Old Sewer Collection Pipeline Serving 1,884 Families


Holtville logo HOLTVILLE – The City of Holtville initiates a $ 7.4 million capital investment in its aging wastewater collection system with over $ 4.1 million in grant subsidies. 

The project will have its ground-breaking on Thursday, March 20, 2014.  The project replaces the current sanitary sewer main collection pipeline which is over 85 years old and has had numerous incidents of sewer manhole collapses in recent years.

The City first learned of the severity of the pipelines condition back in 2005 when manholes along the County roadways began to collapse.

It has taken several years of political will, planning, engineering, and underwriting to get to this ground-breaking point.

The City began requesting funding assistance in 2008, once it had prepared engineering studies to support the need.

The applications have resulted in multiple benefits including minimal cost impacts to residents and very successful partnerships with the United Stated Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC) and the North American Development Bank.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Border Water Infrastructure Program contributed a $2.14 million grant for construction that is administered by the North American Development Bank as well as technical assistance and grant funds for 50% of project planning and design costs through the Project Development Assistance Program (PDAP) administered by BECC.

The U.S. Department of Agricultural Office of Rural Development also contributed $1.63 million in grant funds in addition to a 2% interest loan to fund the remaining project costs for the project.

The new pipeline will benefit over 1,884 families located both in the City limits and within the unincorporated areas which are currently connected to the pipeline.

“Obtaining over 55% of the project costs as grant funds is a real benefit to the community that helps keep the sewer rates lower than what a fully financed project would have cost residents” noted Justina Arce, City Planner.

The much needed repairs will further prevent vehicular accidents or damage that could result from manhole collapses. “The new pipeline is designed to be constructed of heavy wall pvc with a life expectancy of 100 years” confirmed Jack Holt, City Engineer.

City leadership, past and present, are to be commended for their continuity and commitment in supporting such a critical “out of sight” project.

The ground-breaking will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Holtville Wastewater Treatment Plant at the corner of Kamm Road and Gowling Road, where the City Mayor hopes to recognize the contributors.