Why is Construction Needed?

Construction is underway to build an advanced water purification project and expand the City of Oceanside’s existing recycled water system. Both projects originate at the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility (SLRWRF). The advanced water purification project, called Pure Water Oceanside will purify recycled water from the SLRWRF to create a new, local source of high-quality drinking water. Learn more about Pure Water Oceanside.

Simultaneously the city is also expanding its recycled water system. The two projects are being constructed at the same time to minimize impacts to the community. The goal of the recycled water expansion project is to support the city’s goal to supply half of the city’s water demands from local sources by 2030. Recycled water will be replacing drinking water used for landscape and crop irrigation with high quality recycled water generated from wastewater treated at SLRWRF. Learn more about recycled water.

What Work is Needed?

Construction includes building a new water purification facility, installing new water and recycled water pipelines under Douglas Drive, North River Road, Coco Palms Dr., and Rio Vista Dr., four wells in Coco Palms, one well in Alipaz Ct., and a new recycled water pipeline on El Camino Real to the City’s Fire Mountain Reservoir. Click on the interactive construction map shown to the right which includes more detailed schedule information for current and upcoming work.

Douglas Drive

Work on Douglas Dr. and North River Rd. is nearing the finish line! Sidewalk and gutter work are anticipated to begin March/April 2021 and last through May. Concrete crosswalk repairs at the south intersection of Douglas Dr. and North River Rd. are expected to begin mid-April and will require the business driveways on the west side of Douglas nearest the intersection to be closed for three days in early April.

Road repaving will take place from March through early May. Repaving will take place one lane at a time and will require one lane to be closed during this activity.

Pala Road

Installation of the recycled water pipeline on Pala Road west of Coco Palms Rd. will begin the week of February 22, 2021.  The road will remain open both ways but will require lane closures. The Pure Water pipeline installation and testing is complete on Pala. Paving will be completed in full lane widths to provide a smooth even driving surface once completed. For areas where the pipeline was installed between two lanes, both lanes will be repaved.

Coco Palms Drive

February 2021 - There are two different kinds of wells being constructed along Coco Palms Dr. — injection and monitoring. The work involved for the both types of wells requires drilling, post drilling work, testing and installation of operational infrastructure.

Both of the injection wells on Coco Palms Dr. have been drilled, one is complete and the other most southern well is undergoing testing. Because work is complete around the one well, the sound walls have been removed to make room for additional construction activities on Coco Palms.

Two monitoring wells are planned along Coco Palms Dr. Drilling for one well will begin this month followed by the second. Drilling will occur during daytime hours with some 24/7 work needed for critical activities. Sound walls will be installed around the wells to reduce noise. Work is estimated to take six weeks for the drilling and testing of each monitoring well. After drilling is complete, crucial infrastructure and pipeline work will still need to take place and is expected to conclude in September 2021.

A second pipeline for recycled water will be installed after September 2021, an exact schedule is still being finalized. The temporary road patches will be replaced with a complete re-paving after all construction is complete.

Coco Palms Dr. will be closed through September of this year to allow the work to be safely completed. For your safety, please do not enter the construction area as it is an active work site. Understanding this road is an important pedestrian thoroughfare, the east sidewalk is anticipated to be reopened in March.

 Click HERE to watch a video of an open house which explains the project, provides well construction information and answers residents' questions.

El Camino Real

Work to install recycled water pipelines from Coco Palms Dr. under El Camino Real begins in March 2021. Nighttime work at Mission Ave. and El Camino Real will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. to reduce commuter traffic impacts. 

Cones will be set up to redirect traffic from closed lanes and flagger workers will help pedestrians and drivers safely cross intersections. Traffic delays are expected and alternative routes are suggested.

Regular work hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with occasional Saturday
work. Construction on the recycled water portion of the project will occur in segments on El Camino Real until 2023.

Rio Vista Drive and Alipaz Court

An injection well will begin construction in March/April 2021 on Alipaz Ct for Pure Water Oceanside. Construction of the injection well will take an estimated 10 weeks with portions of construction requiring 24/7 work. Construction work will take place intermittently in phases on Alipaz Ct. for nine months to a year. During drilling, the site will be surrounded by a 16-foot-high sound wall to minimize noise. Construction will not block any residential homes and driveways will be accessible. 

A pipeline will be installed down Rio Vista Dr. to the well site. The schedule for pipeline construction in this area is still being developed. Regular working hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some elements of pipeline work may occur 12 hours a day, six days a week to help expedite the project.

A virtual open house was offered on March 25, 2021 to residents living near Alipaz Ct. and Rio Vista Dr. to explain the project. Click here to view a video of the presentation and answers to questions.

Is the River Bike Trail Open?

Yes. Access to the river bike path from Douglas Dr. is still available on the west side of Douglas. Please make sure you cross safely at the cross walk at Pala Rd. and Douglas to access the trail.

What is the Work Schedule?

Construction for the entire project is expected to be complete in 2022 with regular working hours occurring Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Critical pipeline construction elements will require temporary extended worktimes to occur 12 hours a day, 6 days a week to complete the project on time. The injection and monitoring wells require construction 24-hours a day, seven days a week, which will occur for approximately 3 weeks.

How May Work Impact Me?

Potential temporary impacts from construction activities may include noise, dust, parking restrictions and traffic delays/detours.

How Can I Stay Up to Date on Construction Updates?

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Who Can I Contact for More Information or Concerns?