Water Utilities Projects

Reservoir Upgrades
Fire Mountain and Guajome No. 1 Reservoirs

Inspections and structural evaluations of all 12 of Oceanside’s drinking water reservoirs conducted in 2012 determined that the Fire Mountain and Guajome No. 1 reservoirs require repairs to the structures to meet current seismic requirements. Work needed for the 10 remaining reservoir tanks is currently under evaluation.

The retrofits and repairs are needed to minimize earthquake vulnerability and ensure the safety, security and reliability of our water supply stored at the Fire Mountain and Guajome No. 1 reservoirs. Construction work includes excavating the soil around the buried portions of each structure, removing the gunite (exterior concrete), and constructing new connections to tie the footings to the walls and the walls to the roof. Repairs will also be made to reservoir piping and surrounding buildings. Safety and security improvements will be made at each reservoir site as well.

The construction team is required to keep noise within regulations and sound walls will be erected to reduce noise impact. The contractor will also be required to control dust levels and not allow trucks to idle at the project site during working hours.

When all the repairs are completed, both tanks and surrounding buildings will receive aesthetic enhancements including fresh coats of new paint.


Work on the Fire Mountain and Guajome No. 1 reservoirs is expected to begin in October 2014 and take approximately one year to complete.

Community Outreach 

The City is committed to keeping residents in the project area informed about the project. Construction updates will be mailed, sent via email or delivered door-to-door. To be added to the e-mail and/or mailing list, please contact the project information line at 760-435-5833. Your call will be returned within one business day.

Reservoir Upgrades Fact Sheet  (842 KB)

Reservoir Upgrades FAQ  (150 KB)

Myers-Tait Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project

The City of Oceanside is replacing outdated sewer pipelines throughout the city to ensure the pipelines can handle current demand and projected future demands. The existing lines that travel under the streets of Myers and Tait are between 30 to 80 years old. These pipelines will be replaced with newer and larger pipes. The City’s goal is to ensure continued reliable water and sewer service for all customers, and minimize breaks that are often associated with older pipelines. The improvement project will begin the summer of 2013 and take approximately 18 months to complete.

Myers-Tait Sewer Pipeline Replacement Map   (19 KB) 

Oceanside Harbor Desalination Testing Project 

The City of Oceanside is installing test wells in the Oceanside Harbor to determine the feasibility of using desalinated water as a way to supplement its water supply. Work began in November and will be finished in early 2013. Click on the links below to read a project fact sheet and view a map of the Harbor to see where the work is occurring.  As of this posting, the project has been delayed until this Fall.

Harbor Desal Fact Sheet  (922 KB)

Harbor Construction Map  (166.7 KB)