Menlo Park plans to drill emergency water well


Up to two months of grating drilling sounds may be the price Menlo Park's water users will pay for a reliable water supply in times of emergency.

The city of Menlo Park has hired a contractor, Maggiora Bros. Drilling Inc., to build an emergency water supply well at the city's corporation yard, located at 333 Burgess Drive.

Construction is expected to start in January. The drilling could take fewer than 60 days, with seven to 10 of those days subject to 24/7 drilling, according to a staff report. The rest of the drilling will occur during normal working hours.

It will be the Menlo Park Municipal Water District's first well dedicated to storing water for emergencies, according to staff.

A list of potential well locations, created in 2010-11, is ranked in order of desirability and feasibility according to the city's urban water management plan (see diagram).

Today, if an earthquake or other disaster damaged the district's distribution network, nearly 3,000 households and businesses could immediately lose water, staff said.

According to a study, district customers could be without water from the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System for 20 to 30 days during repairs, city staff say.

The district serves about 16,000 of Menlo Park's residents in Sharon Heights and the city east of El Camino Real. (The central part of the city gets water from California Water Service or Cal Water.)

The city intends to eventually build three or four emergency wells, which would provide users with up to 3,000 gallons of water per minute.

Plans for the next two wells are already underway. In July 2016, the city awarded a $1.6 million contract to consultants from Infrastructure Engineering Corp. to pick locations, prepare environmental documents, design and help with constructing two more wells.

When drilling on the first well begins, nearby residents and businesses will be notified with door hangers, postcards and community meetings, according to the city. Above-ground construction for the first well is expected to start in summer 2017.

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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I'm so glad to learn that this project is going forward. Without water, we are doomed. Bottled water doesn't go far for laundry, baths and a host of daily needs. The city is wise in providing these emergency water wells - which have been a long time in planning. I look forward to this one being built and others to follow.

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Posted by James Madison
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

Wouldn't it be simpler and of more benefit, as once proposed, to acquire the vacant land adjacent to St. Patrick's Seminary and excavate for a emergency reservoir underneath while creating a much needed playing field on the surface? This is simiolar to what Palo Alto has done with El Camino Park. If I recall, FEMA grant money might be available to assist in such a project.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 15, 2016 at 4:41 pm

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Menlo Park has a number of existing parks that could be converted to dual use as both parks and underground emergency water storage - no need to acquire more land.

Palo Alto quite successfully used an exiting park - Menlo Park should do the same.

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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 16, 2016 at 8:20 am

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Nealon Park is know to have water (remember when Sharon Heights Country Club wanted to drill there) so it makes the most sense to start there.

Does anybody know how big PAO's underground reservoir is?

Roy Thiele-Sardina

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 16, 2016 at 8:41 am

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Palo Alto's park underground reservoir holds 2.5 million gallons.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 16, 2016 at 2:44 pm

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on Dec 16, 2016 at 2:46 pm

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"SHERMAN OAKS ( — In a city that puts a premium on parking spaces, the fully-automated parking garage could soon be the wave of the future.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian and City Controller Wendy Greuel were among several city officials on hand Wednesday to celebrate the opening of AutoParkiT, the first-of-its-kind system ever in Los Angeles.

The parking system’s first local installation at an upscale condominium at 1439 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks parks twice as many cars in the same space as a traditional parking structure.

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