The Friant-Kern Canal Pipeline (FKCP) is a new 4-1/2 mile long, 60-inch diameter, raw water pipeline that conveys surface (river) water from the Friant-Kern Canal to the existing Northeast Surface Water Treatment Facility (NESWTF). The pipeline serves as the primary and protected source of raw water for the NESWTF, enabling improved source water quality, increased reliability and greater flexibility in operating the existing treatment facility. The first mile of the pipeline was previously constructed as part of a prior completed project.
The Friant-Kern Canal Pipeline is located in Fresno County in the Northeast part of the City of Fresno. The pipeline corridor starts at the Friant Canal just downstream of the existing Garfield Turnout, and extends westerly along existing property boundaries and Foothill Lane to Auberry Road, south along Auberry Road, then cross country westerly to Willow Avenue, and finally south along Willow to a connection point south of Copper.
Purpose of Project
Prior to construction of the Friant-Kern Canal Pipeline, an onsite raw water pump station was used to deliver water from the Enterprise Canal to the NESWTF. The newly constructed Friant-Kern Canal Pipeline was designed to be gravity fed and will require no pumping to reach the NESWTF, resulting in a reduction of operation costs. The pipeline also is sized to allow for the future expansion of the NESWTF to its ultimate capacity of 60 million gallons per day. “Raw water” is simply water straight from a river or lake before it is thoroughly cleaned to remove potentially harmful contaminants. The raw water travels 4-1/2 miles through the pipeline to the Northeast Surface Water Treatment Facility where it is treated and then delivered to homes and businesses.
Construction of the Friant-Kern Canal Pipeline project is complete. The project was completed safely and under budget. The water pipeline now brings surface water from the San Joaquin River to the City’s Northeast Surface Water Treatment Facility before delivery to Fresno homes and businesses. The pipeline reduces dependence on groundwater, maximizes access to water from the Sierra Nevada mountains and serves as the primary and protected source of water to the treatment facility, enabling improved source water quality, increased reliability and greater flexibility in operating the facility. The pipeline does not require any energy for pumping water to the facility, which reduces the operating costs. The pipeline is also sized to allow for the future expansion of the treatment facility to its ultimate capacity of 60 million gallons per day.
Design Start: October 2012
Design Completion: October 2015
Construction Contract Bid: November 2015
Construction Start: June 2016
Construction Finish: May 2018
Total Project Cost Estimate: $28,473,101
Construction Cost Estimate: $16,258,241
City Project Manager
Randy Hoffman, CH2M
Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
Mountain Cascade, Inc.