Mockingbird Booster Pump Station
Liberty Utilities has constructed a booster pump station (BPS) adjacent to the 1.5 million gallon Mockingbird Tank. This pumping station moves water from the Jess Ranch pressure zone into the Main pressure zone and allows us to utilize the production capability of our wells and the production capacity of the Mojave Water Agency’s R3 Well. Liberty Utilities has the potential to pump MWA R3 water to other water retail companies on the east side of the Mojave River. This pumping station was constructed underground to reduce cooling costs and the long term maintenance costs. As a result, this is a more environmentally friendly design that minimizes exposure to the elements. This type of structure also reduces the visible interferences of an above ground structure with minimal accessories showing. In addition, the noise level is greatly reduced to only a humming sound coming from the vents. The BPS was completed and on-line in October of 2012. The total cost of this project was about $912,000.
Otoe Road Main Replacement
Liberty Utilities installed a pipeline on Otoe Road from Rancherias Road to Sago Road. This project replaced approximately 2,400 feet of old steel pipe that was originally installed in 1960. It includes the installation of 2,340 feet of 12” ductile iron pipe (DIP) and 65 feet of 8” DIP. In addition, we installed fire hydrants, blow-offs, air vacuum/air release valves and in-line valves for better operational control. This project was constructed to eliminate the repeated leaks and major cleanup we were experiencing in this area of Apple Valley. Total cost of this project was approximately $340,000.
Rancherias Road Easement Main Replacement (Phase 1 & 2)
Liberty Utilities installed a pipeline in the easement north of Rancherias Road. These two projects replaced approximately 5,500 feet of old spiral steel pipe that was installed in 1948, from Lyon’s Park to Hopi Road. It includes the installation of 3,260 feet of 20” ductile iron pipe (DIP), 35 feet of 12”DIP and 2,200 feet of 8” PVC. In addition, we installed fire hydrants, blow-offs, air vacuum/air release valves and in-line valves for better operational control. This project was constructed due to the age of the pipe and the considerable amount of large leaks. Total cost of these two projects was approximately $985,000.